Hamilton Carothers

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CAROTHERS HAMILTON CAROTHERS Hamilton Carothers died peacefully Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Charlottesville, Virginia, two months after the death of his beloved wife, Monika. Mr. Carothers was born in New York City on March 4, 1922 to Neil and Eileen Carothers. Hamilton was one of three brothers who grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where their father was Dean of the College of Business Administration at Lehigh University. He attended Blair Academy, where he was President of his Senior Class and Princeton University, where he was captain of the wrestling team. Upon graduation, he enlisted with the army's Transportation Corps, and spent the remaining years of the war in the Pacific, largely in New Guinea and the Philippines. In 1946 Mr. Carothers returned from the war and enrolled in law school at the University of Virginia. He thrived in law school, working as an editor on the Law Review, was president of his senior class, member of the Raven Society and Order of the Coif, and received the Sidney J. Brooks award for most promise of distinguished public service. He enjoyed equally the enduring friendships forged during this time. In 1949, Mr. Carothers moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the law firm of Covington and Burling, LLC. Mr. Carothers was the protégé of Judge Gerhard Gesell, specializing in Anti-Trust litigation. He worked for clients in a wide range of industries, and was the driving force in establishing both the bank regulation and sport law practices for the firm. In 1960 he began to work for the National Football League, and became a key advisor to Commissioner Pete Rozelle for over twenty-five years. As general counsel to the NFL, Mr. Carothers played a key role in the creation of the modern league, shaping strategy for the NFL-AFL merger, Congressional anti-trust exemption, the structure of collective bargaining agreements and television contracts, formation of NFL properties and in successfully defending the NFL during decades of litigation. In 1960 Mr. Carothers married Monika Kaufmann, of Salzburg, Austria. They raised three children: Anne, Peter and Katherine in the Hollin Hills community in Alexandria, Virginia. He retired with his wife to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2003. When not working, Mr. Carothers enjoyed reading about early civilizations, peoples and population migrations. He was an avid tennis player and gardener. He enjoyed jokes and quizzes, evenings at the opera, watching football, a stiff martini, and spending time with his family and friends. He had an irrepressible and irreverent sense of humor, and his interactions with all were marked by a generosity of spirit and a deep sense of what was right and fair. He served on numerous boards, including Hartwood Foundation and the Native American Bank. He demonstrated a life-long dedication to charitable giving and social justice. Mr. Carothers is survived by his daughter Anne, of Watertown, Massachusetts; his son Peter and wife Lisa, and their sons Chance and Samuel, of Darnestown, Maryland; his daughter Katherine and husband Timothy Murphy, and their daughters Maggie and Abby, of Angola, Indiana; his brother Stuart and wife Dodie, of Princeton, New Jersey. A memorial service will be held June 11 at 3 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Smile Train, the United Negro College Fund, or the charity of your choice.

Published in The Washington Post from May 25 to May 29, 2011
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