Neil Wallace Hamilton (1928 - 2018)

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Born in Pasadena, Calif., in 1928, Neil died peacefully in his sleep in Easton, Md., on Sept. 16, 2018, after a long illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife Celia and sons Andrew (Kim) of Evergreen and Mathew (Tam) of Easton as well as grandsons Ian and William.
After graduation from Mark Keppell High School in California, he enlisted in the Navy from 1946-1949 as an electronic technician and served on the destroyer USS William Rush, deployed to the Atlantic Fleet. After an extended cruise to Northern Europe in 1947, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.
From 1950-'53, Neil was recalled for the Korean War and assigned to the Naval Receiving Station on Reserve Fleet in San Diego, Calif.
In 1956, he graduated from UCLA with a master of science degree in geology and began work for AMOSEAS, the exploration geology group for SoCal and Texaco, in Tripoli, Libya. There he spent more than five years mapping and exploring the Sahara Desert. Neil said it was a very interesting time to be there as exploration had just begun again post war. After Libya, he was based in Ankara, Turkey, for almost two years and traveled extensively throughout the country.
In 1962, Neil was assigned to Australia, where he met and married Celia Tanner in Brisbane and had two sons, Andrew and Matthew. He continued doing international work as well as exploration throughout Australia until the family was assigned to Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1968 for two interesting years with CalTex in Rumbai.
In 1970, the family moved to Evergreen, bought a house in Hiwan Hills, and Neil began work first consulting and writing geologic reports with Dennis Holliss in Singapore, then in Denver with Coastal Oil and Gas. From 1972-'74, the family lived in Winchester, England, while Neil worked in London with a consulting group and traveled quite frequently to Spain.
Once back in Evergreen, Neil began work with Anchutz Corp. in Denver until he retired in 1992. Neil once made a trip log of all his travels and estimated he had flown 1,250,000 passenger miles including five times around the world, crossed the Pacific 17 times and the Atlantic 47 (not to mention four times by ocean liner!).
After retirement, Neil did some consulting; researched and wrote short history books on two of his favorite ancient cultures: the Sumerians and the Byzantines; wrote his memoirs; and indulged his love of live opera and classical music as often as possible, particularly the Colorado MahlerFest; and traveled to visit family and friends in the United States and Europe.
He took a keen interest in all of NASA's work, especially the Mars geologic exploration and scientific publications. In 2001, Neil and Celia left Evergreen for Easton on Maryland's Eastern Shore to be closer to family and to enjoy a change of scenery.
Neil once said he saw the Nile, the Golden Pagoda in Rangoon, the Casbah in Algiers, the Persian Gulf region, the antiquities of Sicily and the opera at La Scala in Milan. What a life! So loved and greatly missed!
Services will be private. Donations graciously received at Talbots Hospice in Easton, Md.
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Published in Canyon Courier on Sept. 26, 2018
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