Her­bert H. Hamil­ton

Record Observer - - OBITUARIES -

CRUMP­TON — Her­bert Harry Hamil­ton passed away on Feb. 23, 2107, peace­fully at home with his fam­ily and his won­der­ful care­tak­ers by his side.

Herb was born on Jan. 2, 1935 in Bar­nes­boro, Pa., the sec­ond son of Dr. John Leckey Hamil­ton and He­len Wells Hamil­ton. Herb spent his early and teen years at­tend­ing schools in Al­li­son Park, Pa., Grand Lake, Mich. and the fam­ily’s Wells Farm in Col­liers, W.Va. He grad­u­ated from Shady Side Academy in Pitts­burgh, Pa. in 1953.

He con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at Dart­mouth Col­lege and Texas Chris­tian Univer­sity. Later he joined the Navy’s Of­fi­cers Can­di­date School in Pen­sacola, Fla., where he qual­i­fied as a naval avi­a­tor. He spent four years as a Navy pi­lot and over 10 years as a pi­lot in the Naval Re­serves. He re­turned to the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh to get a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in chem­istry. Be­tween his ju­nior and se­nior year at Pitt, Herb stud­ied abroad at the Univer­sity of Vienna in Salzburg, Aus­tria, study­ing the Ger­man lan­guage and mu­sic his­tory. Herb then spent one year at the Har­vard Busi­ness School, af­ter which he was of­fered a job fly­ing var­i­ous air­craft test­ing the early 1960s sidewinder mis­sile project for Arthur Met­calf, CEO of Elec­tronic Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­ica. He later re­turned to Har­vard and was grad­u­ated from the Har­vard Busi­ness School 1964. Not let­ting any moss grow un­der his feet he re­lo­cated to Gu­atemala work­ing for the U.S. State De­part­ment. He re­turned to the U.S. in 1966 to join Amer­i­can Air­lines, where be spent the next 30 years fly­ing al­most ev­ery class of com­mer­cial air­liner and as many dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic routes as pos­si­ble. Con­se­quently, he trav­eled to all seven con­ti­nents.

Herb was truly a man for all sea­sons. His per­ma­nent res­i­dence for his first 20 years with Amer­i­can Air­lines was in River­side, Conn. Dur­ing the time he was not fly­ing the friendly skies, Herb en­joyed var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. He was a se­ri­ous farmer of 450 acres where he grew small grain crops. He was an avid down­hill skier. He par­tic­u­larly en­joyed ocean sail­ing, fish­ing in Scot­land, Alaska and Aus­tria, fish­ing the wa­ters and tribu­taries of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and deepsea fish­ing in Costa Rica. In 1970, he pur­chased the High Stan­dard Gun Com­pany in Hart­ford, Conn.

Also in 1970, he bought his beloved Spring Land­ing Farm in Crump­ton and be­gan split­ting his non-fly­ing time be­tween the farm and his res­i­dence in Con­necti­cut. In 1986, he left Con­necti­cut per­ma­nently and be­gan liv­ing on his farm full time un­til his death.

In 1995, Herb had an FAA-manda­tory re­tire­ment from Amer­i­can Air­lines. Of course this just cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity to tran­si­tion into a new ad­ven­ture. For Herb this was found­ing Agrosys­tems S.A., a com­pany in Costa Rica that grew small grain par­ent line seeds for DeKalb, Mon­santo and Delta Pine. He and his part­ner, Fran­cisco Ro­driguez, also were con­sul­tants for some of the first or­ganic coffee grow­ers and pro­duc­ers in Costa Rica. He and his wife, Dian Dud­derar, and their Costa Ri­can part­ner, Mirthala Jenk­ins, founded Ate­nas Preesco­lar y Es­cuela Colima Azul, a non­profit el­e­men­tary school for Costa Ri­can chil­dren. To­day its an­nual en­roll­ment is 140 chil­dren rang­ing in age from 3 to 12.

Herb is sur­vived by his wife, Dian Dud­derar Hamil­ton of Crump­ton and Ate­nas, Costa Rica; his brother, Lewis Leckey Hamil­ton (Lucy) of Coop­er­stown, N.Y. and Boca Grande, Fla.; niece Heidi Hamil­ton Kerko (David); nephew Brock Hamil­ton and his sons, Dr. Baker Hamil­ton (Emily), Capt. John Wells Hamil­ton USMC, (Lise) and John S. Hamil­ton; nieces Nancy Hamil­ton (Chip) and her daugh­ter El­lie Styzkiel (Adam) and El­iz­a­beth Hamil­ton Lavez­zo­rio (Ni­cholas) and her sons Wil­liam and Ni­cholas; his wife’s sis­ter and broth­erin-law Cather­ine Dud­derar and John Duda and their chil­dren John (An­nie) and Matthew; his wife’s brother and sis­ter-in law Capt. Chip Dud­derar USNR and Linda and their chil­dren Heidi and Kyle (Ce­leste); and his wife’s sis­ter and broth­erin-law Jody Dud­derar and Bernardo Valdes.

Herb was pre-de­ceased by two broth­ers, John Wells Hamil­ton (Deb­bie) of Green­wich, Conn. and Richard G. Hamil­ton of Fair­play, Colo. He also was pre­de­ceased by his brother-in-law Gre­gory Har­ris Dud­derar and step­son Matthew Bon­will DiMag­gio.

Herb truly lived a rich and full life and will be over whelm­ingly missed.

There will be a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life Re­mem­brance held at 304 Spring Land­ing Lane, Spring Land­ing Farm, Crump­ton at 5 p.m. June 3.

In lieu of flow­ers, Herb re­quested do­na­tions be given to the Costa Rica Kids Environmental Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion Inc. a 501(C)(3) non­profit. Do­na­tions can be sent to CRKEEF Inc., P.O. Box 26, Crump­ton, MD 21628 or Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice, 255 Comet Drive, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.

Ar­range­ments by Fel­lows Fam­ily Fu­neral Home, www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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