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Thomas H. Hamilton


Thomas H. Hamilton

Thomas Hale Hamilton (August 4, 1914 – December 25, 1979) was an American academic administrator who served as president of the State University of New York and the University of Hawaii.[1]

A native of Marion, Indiana, Hamilton received his A.B. (1936) from DePauw University and his A.M. (1940) and Ph.D. (1947) from the University of Chicago. While a student at DePauw, he was initiated into the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.[2] He headed the State University of New York system from 1959,[3] leaving in 1963 to assume the Presidency of the University of Hawaii.[4] Hamilton resigned his presidency in Hawaii over a tenure scandal in 1967.[5]

Thomas Hamilton married the former Virginia Prindiville on June 1, 1940 and raised a son and a daughter.[6] He died in Honolulu at the age of 65. The University of Hawaii's Hamilton Library is named in his honor.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
William S. Carlson
President of the State University of New York
August 1, 1959 – December 31, 1962
Succeeded by
Samuel B. Gould
Preceded by
Laurence H. Snyder
President of the University of Hawaii
September, 1963 – December 23, 1967
Succeeded by
Robert W. Hiatt

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