Memorial of Samuel D. Hamilton
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Service Mourns Loss of Director Sam Hamilton
“Visionary” Leader and Career 30-year Service Employee

Memorial Service for FWS Director Sam Hamilton

Date: 04/09/2010

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On February 20, 2010, the conservation world lost one of its most dynamic leaders with the passing of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Samuel (Sam) Davis Hamilton, III who died suddenly while skiing in Colorado. Sam's vision and commitment to wildlife conservation was unmatched. He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues in the Service and across the conservation community. The thoughts and prayers of Fish and Wildlife Service employees go out to Sam’s family.

Like many of you, we have been searching for words to express our sadness at the loss of Sam. He was a great leader and an even better human being. Our hope is that this site can serve as a place for all of us to begin that process. While we must deal with our loss, we must begin to celebrate Sam and his commitment to the Service.

Sam left an indelible mark on our Department and on all of the lives he touched. In his absence we must support each other, remember his vision and service, and cherish his legacy. We will miss him dearly.

Hamilton had served the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 30 years. "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," said Salazar. "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."

"Sam brought more than just a wealth of experience to the job, he brought courage and outstanding leadership," said Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Thomas Strickland. "The Department of the Interior will miss him greatly."

He is survived by his wife Becky; sons Sam Jr. and Clay, as well as his grandson, Davis.

If you would like to send cards and letters of condolences for the Hamilton Family, mail them to:

Mrs. Sam Hamilton and Family
C/O Regional Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1875 Century Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30345

Donations can be sent to either of the following organizations:

Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church (the Gibson Wing)
395 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Phone: 770-963-0386


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
(Please specify that the donation is being made in Sam’s memory)
Donations can be made either by check or online at
Checks should be sent to:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 15th Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

The funds will be held in a single account until NFWF has worked with the family on how they should be used.


Last updated: April 26, 2010
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