Thomas H. Hamilton

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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.


  1. ^ "HALL OF NAMES". Fred W. Riggs. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. ^ The Mirage. Greencastle, IN: DePauw University. 1936. p. 40. 
  3. ^ The State University of New York (1985), Sixty-four campuses: the State University of New York to 1985 (1 ed.), Albany, New York: Office of University Affairs and Development, OCLC 12556911 
  4. ^ "Hamilton to Leave Post as President of State University", The New York Times, p. 1, 1962-08-28 
  5. ^ "U. of Hawaii Head Quits After Rebuff Over a War Critic", The New York Times, p. 31, 1967-12-24 
  6. ^ Who Was Who in America, VII, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1981, ISBN 978-0-8379-0210-4, OCLC 13679786 
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