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1941 - 2018
John HAMILTON Obituary
HAMILTON, John B. John Barnard Hamilton, an Environmental Scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 19 years, died at his home in Atlanta on Saturday, March 3, 2018. He served as a Project Officer from the EPA's southeast regional office in Atlanta. He specialized in large water resource initiatives, endangered species protection, and wastewater treatment. He worked to find habitat solutions for the endangered gopher tortoise and indigo snake as well as for the red-cockaded woodpecker. He was born in New York City on March 7, 1941, to Paul and Suzanne Currelly Hamilton, and was raised in Wilmington, DE. A life-long fascination with animals inspired him to earn an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Miami and a masters' degree in parasitology from Florida State University. Thereafter, he joined the Peace Corps and met his wife, Nancy. Together, they were based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, where he worked with the Institute of Rural Endemic Diseases to combat schistosomiasis. Upon returning to the States, John taught biology at Georgia Institute of Technology and later served as an environmental biologist for Applied Biology in Atlanta before joining the EPA. Due to his extensive experience and knowledge of Portuguese, he conducted environmental protection workshops in Brazil's Amazon River basin in the 1990's for the EPA's Office on International Activities. John is survived by his wife Nancy Hamilton, his daughter Lisa Hamilton of Brooklyn, NY, two grandchildren, Ansley Rose and Rafe Kelly Hamilton of Roswell, GA, and two brothers, Paul Hamilton of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Rafe Hamilton of Wilmington, DE. He was predeceased by his son Brett Kelly Hamilton of Atlanta in 2015. Memorial events are private. Contributions in his memory may be directed to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 11, 2018
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