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George F. Hamel

George F. Hamel, a retired Army Colonel and public affairs specialist who later was an administrator with the Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at age 93.

Col. Hamel, who lived in Arlington and McLean, VA, for more than 35 years, retired to Ocean City, in 2001, then moved to Selbyville, Del, in 2012. He was born in Worcester, Mass. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

He was commissioned and entered the Army in 1941. His first assignment was with the 3d Cavalry at Fort Myer, Va. During World War II, he served in Europe with the 10th Armored Division.

After the war he served in various posts in this country and in Germany. He served as an instructor at Norwich University, Northfield, VT, and at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. At the time of his retirement in 1969, he was Director for Community Relations in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster. He was a graduate of the Cavalry School, the Armor School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

Following his retirement from the Army, Col. Hamel joined the Fairfax County Public Schools as Director of Community Relations, a position he held until he again retired in 1984. He was an adjunct professor at George Mason University, Southeastern University, and the University of Maryland.

Col. Hamel loved both his Army career and his service with Fairfax County Public Schools, but the true treasures of his life were his wife and family.

Survivors include his beloved wife of more than 60 years, Arline, of Selbyville; four daughters, Cynthia McManus of Arlington, Mass, Janet Hamel of Orono, Maine, Dr. Sally Dowling of Ocean City, Md., and Molly Wilson of Camp Hill, Pa; and three sons, George Jr. of San Francisco, Calif, James of Williamsburg, Va., and William of Bryn Mawr, Pa. He is also survived by his brother Richard, by his twenty-two grandchildren, and by one great-grandson.

There will be a visitation on Saturday at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City at 10 a.m., with a mass of Christian burial celebrated at 11 am. Father Stanislao Esposito will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1705 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, Md 21842; to the George Hamel Undergraduate Scholarship Fund at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox, Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807; or to the .

Published in The Daily Times on Feb. 28, 2013
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