Raymond A. Hamilton

Col (Ret) Raymond A. Hamilton II died February 16 in Auburn, Alabama, due to heart attack. Burial at USAF Academy is March 1, 10:30 a.m.; reception following at 11:15 a.m., Eisenhower Golf Club. Born Dec. 25, 1939, in Hobart, Oklahoma, to Raymond A. Hamilton and Myrtice Singley, he graduated from Toppenish High, Washington, in 1958; USAFA in 1963; and earned a Master's at Louisiana State University in 1974. Ray retired in 1989 with more than 5,000 flying hours including 300 combat hours and 73 recon missions in the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing. Commendations included Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal. Major commands included E-3A flying squadron commander, dean of faculty at the USAF Air War College, AFROTC Detachment 10 Commander. As a civilian, he received FAA airline transport pilot and turbojet flight engineer ratings. He earned a PhD from the University of Ala. in 1990 and was University of Oklahoma director of advanced programs. At Auburn University since 2000, he was associate professor of aviation policy. Published in refereed journals, he served on the board for Aviation Accreditation Board International. Preceded in death by wife, Malissa Duggan of Albany, GA. He is survived by son, Monte Rex (Pamela) and granddaughter, Lily, Birmingham, Alabama; daughter, Christine, Fort Collins, Colorado; sister, Alice Anne Holland, Chicago, Illinois. Please send memorials to the .

Published in The Gazette on Feb. 27, 2013