Monday, January 8, 2018

William Graham Hamilton - obituary notice

In loving memory of William Hamilton

Date of Birth : Feb 27 1925

Place of Birth : Brooklyn, New York

Date Deceased : December 8th 2017

Place of Death : Silver Spring, Maryland

HAMILTON WILLIAM G. HAMILTON William Graham Hamilton died peacefully December 8, 2017 in Hyattsville, Maryland at age 92. He retired from the US Information Agency in 1984 with the rank of Minister Counselor. William began his 32-year career with USIA in Jakarta, Indonesia as an information officer for the Agency for International Development (AID).

He then did graduate work at the Bologna Center, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, becoming a European specialist. William served for two years as the principal press liaison for the US Mission to the European Communities in Brussels, Belgium. William then served in Washington, DC in the Office of West European Affairs where he rose to policy officer.

During this time, he received USIA's meritorious honor award for his work on the France-NATO crisis. William returned to Brussels, serving as the counselor for public affairs to the US Mission to NATO. He then served first as press attaché and then public affairs officer at the US Embassy in London, England.

He returned to the US, serving as deputy director in the Office of European Affairs. After retirement from USIA, William taught public diplomacy at the US War College and then served the Commission on the Bicentennial of the US Constitution, writing a history of the commission. Before joining USIA, he worked at the Bureau of Reclamation in Boise, ID.

He served in the Marines during World War II and Korea, leaving the service with a rank of Captain. William received the AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. William was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 27, 1925.

His parents were William Graham Hamilton and Dorothy Adelia Littlefield. William lived a full life. An avid reader and jazz aficionado, he also enjoyed taking family hikes in the woods; following his baseball teams, the Orioles and the Giants; going to the beach; and was famous for enjoying a large bowl of vanilla ice cream or a milk shake whenever the opportunity presented itself.

William was a person of integrity, character and kindness who was a loving father, grandfather, husband and friend. Formerly of Chevy Chase, MD, William was pre-deceased by Maxine Taylor Hamilton, his beloved wife of 63 years. He leaves behind his children Jean Hamilton, Ellen O'Donnell, Graham Hamilton, Carol Hamilton and Allison Hamilton-Rohe; grandchildren, Yassi Davoodi, Fiona O'Donnell, Adelia Hamilton-Rohe and Jake Hamilton-Rohe; and sons-in-law, Matt O'Donnell, John Wright and Jeff Rohe.

Bill will be interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20903 on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in William's honor to the Arc of Montgomery County, MD.

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