John Louis Hamilton, age 88, passed away on Monday, the 19th of August 2013.
John was born in Fort Worth, Texas on the 8th of August 1925, and attended Paschal High School. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduating from Northwestern Midshipman School in Chicago before serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater where he received the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal for Service.
John graduated from The University of Texas and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. John returned to Fort Worth and married his childhood classmate, Ann Lowdon. The couple settled in Houston where John worked in the mortgage business before starting his own real estate investment company, which he operated for over 50 years. Active in historic building preservation, John worked to renovate historic homes in Houston, Galveston, and New Orleans. In Philanthropy, John provided housing to Vietnamese displaced from their homes after the Vietnam War, received the Paul Daugherty Award from Casa de Esperanza for service to that organization, and along with Ann, created an endowed scholarship for the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing.
John was preceded in death by parents, George Morgan and Ollie Hamilton; and his brother, George M. Hamilton, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Lowdon Hamilton; daughter and son-in-law, Anna Beth and Doug Hill; son, Caleb Hamilton; two grandchildren, Cameron and Hallie Hill; and his beloved canine companions Gracie 2 and Sallie.
The family would like to thank Ann Belisle, Merle Rostant, Kalisha Askew, Yvonne Joubert, Beverly Thomas, and Tammy Roberts for the loving care given to John during the past several years.
The memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 22nd of August, at the Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Laurens A. Hall, Rector, and the Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Richnow, Senior Associate Rector, are to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Sumners Hall.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Mr. Hamilton's memory may be directed to the Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX, 77019; or to the charity of one's choice.