- Gordon Stuart Hamilton, 50, died October 22, 2016, in an accident while conducting research on the Antarctic ice sheet.
Gordon was born in Dundee, Scotland, to Jan McRae and John Gordon Hamilton, where he learned to love the outdoors and inclement weather of the Highlands with his siblings Gregor and Judith. He met his future wife, Fiona, on an expedition to the Yukon in 1988. Gordon did his undergraduate studies at the University of Aberdeen, and received his PhD in glaciology from the University of Cambridge. After receiving his doctorate, he worked at the Norwegian Polar Institute and Ohio State's Byrd Polar Research Center before taking a position at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, where he worked for the last sixteen years. Gordon was passionate about his work in Greenland and Antarctica, and committed to teaching and mentoring his students. Although he was immersed in the science of climate change, Gordon also cared deeply about the impact of politics on the climate, and supported candidates who advocated for much needed policy reform. Gordon loved the outdoors, and spent much of his time hiking, biking, skiing, camping, laughing, and spending time with his family and friends. Despite his frequent travels, he loved to come home to his family, cats and close friends.
Gordon will be missed by his wife, Fiona; children, Martin and Calum; his mother and siblings, nieces and nephews, friends and students, and many more.
There will be a private memorial service at the University of Maine. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers. A memorial fund in Dr. Hamilton's name has been established in the University of Maine Foundation (umainefoundation.org/memorial).
Friends of the family have established a fund to assist with educational expenses for Martin and Calum at: https://www.youcaring.com/fionahamilton-682076. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  November 1, 2016