Scott Downs Hamilton, Jr.
Scott Downs Hamilton, Jr. age 77, died July 30, 2005 in Little Rock,
Arkansas. He was born February 20, 1928 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the son of
the late Scott D. and Sue McDonnell Hamilton. His father was Secretary-Manager
of the Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Fort Smith and in
Little Rock (1943-1954) He grew up in Hot Springs, Fort Smith and Little Rock,
graduating from LR High School in 1945. He received degrees from Cornell
University, from Brasenose College, Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar and
from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University with a M.A. in
Public Administration. He served in Korea and Japan as a lst Lt. in the U. S.
Scott worked as a designer for Erhart, Eichenbaum, Rauch & Blass, Little
Rock, studied under Frank Lloyd Wright as a Taliesin Fellowship apprentice,
worked as a designer for Herbe-LeCouteur in Paris, France and Alvar Aalto in
Helsinki Finland. He was a City Planner in Anchorage, AL in the early 60's
including the period of the major earthquake. He moved to Hawaii in 1965 where
he worked briefly for Donald Wolbrink & Associates as a planning consultant.
From 1966 until his retirement, he was a civilian Facilities and Environmental
Planner for the Navy at Pearl Harbor. Scott was active in his Waikiki community
serving as President of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board, President of Citizens of
Hawaii, as a trustee for the Tennent Art Foundation, President of the
Conservation Council of Hawaii along with active participation in the distance
running and mountaineering groups. He served on the Common Cause National Board,
1973-76, was National President of the Road Runners Clubs of America in 1966 and
National Vice-Chair, AAU Long Distance Running Committee, 1970-80. He ran in the
Honolulu, Pikes Peak, New York and Boston Marathons, as well as in many other
countries. He was a member of Oxford's first Himalayan Expedition to Mount
Haramosh in 1957, was a participant in a 1964 mountaineering expedition and the
1990 International Peace Climb on the north face of Mt. Everest.
Scott returned to Little Rock in 2003 in declining health to be close to his
family. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. He was predeceased by his
parents and his youngest sister, Susan Hunter Hamilton Graves.
He is survived by his sister, Joanne Hamilton Riddick and her husband, Walter
G.Jr., of Little Rock and six nieces and nephews and their children; John S.
Haley (Danette) and their daughters, Anne and Colleen, of Little Rock and
Bangkok, Susan Haley Adams and her sons, Chris and Andrew, of Eden Prairie, MN,
David C. Haley (Lori) and their children, David, Jr., Connor, Lauren and
Katherine of Dallas, TX, Kim Graves Vollendorf (Sean) and their sons, Fisher,
Simeon and Stone, of Fayetteville, AR; Christy Graves Akol (Dan) and her son,
Carter Smith, of Lafayette, California and Scott D. Graves (Holly) and their
son, Hunter, of Walla Walla, Washington.
A celebration service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, at
Ruebel Funeral Home with burial prior to the service at 9:15 a.m. at Roselawn
Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Hancock will officiate. The family will be at the
Riddick family home following the service. The family gratefully acknowledges
the love and support of his many cousins, extended family and friends.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations may be made to the
charity of the donor's choice.
- Marilyn Hall
Little Rock, Arkansas
- I'm sorry I never met you, but Susan Haley and I were friends long ago.
Your family always went out of their way to make me feel welcomed. You're in
my thoughts and prayers.
Donna (Hosto) Parker
Little Rock, Arkansas
Email: dparker59@comcast .com
- Aloha and farewell to a great Hawaii citizen, we miss you running through
the streets, your scrap book, your dedicated community service and many
accomplishments, one especially
when under your leadership we were able to set air quality standards for the
betterment of Hawaii's citizenry after a long and strong fight with industry
giants such as the Hawaiian Electric Company and Honolulu gas among
others...sure with there were others around like you Pal....God Bless you on
your long run in Heaven.
- Our thoughts are with our cousins, John, Susan, and David, and with our
Rob, Peggy and Nathan Seamon
Little Rock, Arkansas
- Susan Adams has often spoken lovingly and highly of Scott - I know he will
be missed his family. My sincerest thoughts and prayers will be with you.
- Joanne - I extend my condolences to you and your family on the loss of
Scott. He is still well remembered and missed by his many friends at Central
Union Church in Honolulu as a fascinating, one-of-a-kind fellow, filled with
knowledge and stories about so many subjects! As a musician, I enjoyed
chatting with him about music; my son (now 23) was so impressed as a
youngster with Scott's Mt. Everest feats and the many marathons he ran. My
prayers are with you all today. Aloha ke akua.
Leigh Ann Braley
Ministers' Secretary - Central Union Church
- Dear Scott's family: I read, with sadness, in the Honolulu Advertiser,
that Scott died. What a loss! I remember when we returned to Honolulu in
1975 (husband's military orders) and Scott mentored my then-14 son Brian,
then a fledging marathoner. He ran his first marathon in 1975 and turned out
to be a very good runner. He is now 43 and I am 68 so time marches on! Just
wanted his family to know that Scott made a real impact on the running
community here and was a marvelous role model for the young people! God
bless Scott in his new resting place!
Nancy R. Jones
- Aloha to Scott..... I first met Scott when I started working for the Navy
as a base planner in the early 1980s, when he alone was the
"environmental planning staff" at the Pacific Division, Naval
Facilities Engineering Command. We worked together on several occasions,
including traveling to Guam, Saipan and Tinian as part of a small team
presenting the results of an Environmental Impact Statement to the public.
The story of Scott having raced a city bus from Pearl Harbor to Downtown in
rush-hour traffic - and winning! - was one of the things that inspired me to
keep going in the Honolulu Marathon year after year. Scott certainly packed
a lot into his life - I don't think that I will even come close!
Community Planner, US Navy
- A wonderful person with incredible abilities, mental and physical. He was
a faithful member of Central Union Church and a very stimulating
conversationalist. He is remembered and missed in Hawaii. Faithfully,
Rev. Dr. Edward "Ted" Robinson
Senior Minister Emeritus, Central Union Church
- As one of Scott's many Navy-affiliated friends in Hawaii, I am sad to hear
of his passing. We shared times in Guam, Tinian and Saipan, being greeted on
one occasion by local officials with chilled coconuts for a refreshing
drink. Several of Scott's sketches are still under the glass which covers my
desk. He lived life in his own particular style and being around him was
never dull. Thank you for sharing Scott with us.
Counsel, Navy Region Hawaii
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Aloha Scott...I only found out this day of Scott's passing (10 October 2005). I have fond memories of catching up with Scott in Waikiki during my Royal New Zealand Navy Days while visiting Pearl Harbor. My mother (maiden name: Natalie Hamilton) used to speak highly of Scott and always mentioned when she received mail from Scott.
Your "Down Under" Distant Cousin
John Hamilton Bullock
Christchurch, New Zealand.