Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Service Mourns Loss of Director Sam Hamilton

February 22, 2010

Sam Hamilton

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released the following statement on the passing of Sam Hamilton, the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service:

"The Interior Department family has suffered a great loss with the passing of Sam Hamilton. Sam was a friend, a visionary, and a professional whose years of service and passionate dedication to his work have left an indelible mark on the lands and wildlife we cherish. His forward-thinking approach to conservation - including his view that we must think beyond boundaries at the landscape-scale- will continue to shape our nation's stewardship for years to come. My heart goes out to Sam's family, friends, and colleagues as we remember a remarkable leader and a compassionate, wise, and eternally optimistic man."

Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Thomas Strickland released the following statement:

"We are all saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague Sam Hamilton. A dedicated Fish and Wildlife Service employee for more than 30 years, Sam brought more than just a wealth of experience to the job, he brought courage and outstanding leadership. The Department of the Interior will miss him greatly." 

Sam is survived by his wife Becky, his sons Sam Jr. and Clay and a grandson, Davis all of Atlanta, GA.

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