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John T. Hamilton  1955

Cullum No. 20165-1955 | 5/30/2002 | Died in Union Grove, AL
Inurned in West Point Post Cemetery, West Point, NY

 


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<em>John Thomas Hamilton </em>was born in Tulsa, OK to James Roscoe and Nina Irene (McReynolds) Hamilton. James was a career Army officer stationed at the time at the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, OK. John was named for his paternal grandfather, and the family called him &ldquo;Tom&rdquo; to avoid confusion with the elder JTH. Younger brother James (Jamie) was born in 1940.</p>
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The family moved often, spending time at Ft. Davis, Canal Zone; Ft. Thomas, KY; Camp Custer, MN; Ft. Benning, GA; and Camp Rucker, AL. His father served with the 264th Regiment of the 66th Division and saw action in western and southern France. When the war ended, John&rsquo;s father was assigned to Ft. Campbell, KY, then to Baltimore, MD, where he was chief of the military district. It was there that John attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, a college prep school, beginning his lifelong love for mathematics and the academic world.</p>
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In the fall of 1949, the family moved to Big Delta, AK&mdash;a forlorn post. John took his lessons via short wave radio and correspondence courses and graduated first in a class of one! He enjoyed working with the sergeant in charge of running the local radio station during that time. In early 1950, the family went back to Baltimore, and John attended Johns Hopkins University until entering the Academy in July 1951 with the Class of &rsquo;55.</p>
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During his years at West Point, John pursued correspondence courses in parallel with the curriculum. He was always willing to help those who needed help, including members of the football team. During Yearling year, when he was able to go to New York City for football games or other activities, John frequented the jazz venues to hear the artists of the day. He also spent time in his room under his &ldquo;red boy&rdquo; comforter listening to jazz, one of his lifelong passions. He was a member of the chess and pistol clubs and the mathematics and West Point forums. He also participated in intramural golf, volleyball, and lacrosse. Upon graduation, he was first in his class academically, second overall, and was commissioned in the Air Force.</p>
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He earned a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, as did three other classmates. Most Rhodes scholarships are for two years, and extendable to three for outstanding students. John was there three years. He loved the academic atmosphere at Balliol (Oxford). He studied mathematics and physics and was awarded a master&rsquo;s degree in December 1961. He was the first American to receive &ldquo;First Honors&rdquo; for his work in physics. He made several notable friends at Oxford. One, Gilbert Strang, was a brilliant mathematician who later taught at MIT, authoring several math textbooks. John also became good friends with Paul Sarbanes, a 1954 Princeton graduate who also was a Rhodes scholar. Sarbanes is currently the senior Democratic senator from Maryland.</p>
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In 1958, John returned to the States, stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH as a theoretical physicist in the Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Air Sciences Division. In September 1962, he resigned his regular commission and joined the Air Force Reserve. He served a month each year until he retired in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel. After he resigned, he moved to Columbus, OH, where he took classes in mathematics, physics, and fluid mechanics at Ohio State University and was a teaching assistant. In 1988, he was awarded a master&rsquo;s in math.</p>
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His love of bridge led him to join the staff of the American Contract Bridge League, directing and organizing bridge championships throughout North America. By 1968, he was the national director in charge of all North American championships. The current ACBL administrator called John &ldquo;one of the brightest, most knowledgeable, and technically proficient tournament directors ever.&rdquo;</p>
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In the mid-1970s, John met Sondra &ldquo;Sandy&rdquo; Shearer at a tournament. It took John until June 1979 to convince her that she should be Mrs. Hamilton. She traveled with him to tournaments until he retired from ACBL. Sandy died in 1995.</p>
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Bob and Gwyn Kitchel were fellow bridge directors and good friends of the Hamiltons. Bob died in July 1995, a few months before Sandy. John kept in touch with Gwyn and stopped to visit her in North Alabama in the spring of 1997. He moved to Union Grove, AL later that year, and they married in 2001. Early in 2002, John was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at home later that spring. Needless to say, he left explicit instructions for arrangements preceding his death.</p>
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John was inurned at West Point with full military honors on 26 July 2002 with his wife, Gwyn; family members; and classmates attending. John&rsquo;s first cousin, Benjamin Hamilton, delivered a moving eulogy, as did Hank Meetze, who shared memories from some of John&rsquo;s classmates.</p>
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John left a sizeable legacy to Balliol to fund scholarships for second and third-year students. He also left a legacy to the physics and math departments at West Point. Ohio State University received a very large collection of military history books. These bequests underscore John&rsquo;s generosity and love for all three institutions.</p>
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John loved books, jazz, good wine, good food, crossword puzzles, all sports, and never missed an episode of <em>South Park.</em> John&rsquo;s mother wrote in his baby book that he started reading at age two. Thus began a lifetime of voracious reading of two or three books a day. He also was interested in languages, learning Japanese in the last few years of his life to go along with his French and German.</p>
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Almost everyone who has ever known John Hamilton, both at West Point and in the years after graduation, say he was the most brilliant person they ever knew. John&rsquo;s wife Gwyn described John as &ldquo;a gentleman and a scholar.&rdquo; That sums it up well.</p>
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<em>A roommate</em></p>

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