HFRR Professor Gayle Hamilton Dies

Posted: August 3, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Gayle R. Hamilton, a professor in the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources (HFRR) Department, died July 17. She had bone cancer. Hamilton was also very active with the Center for Advancement of Public Health.

Gayle Hamilton was 59.

Prior to joining Mason’s faculty in 1988, she worked in the addictions field, creating two of the first treatment centers in the country for female alcoholics. She also served as a consultant to the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse on their Community Review Board and was a special consultant on women’s alcohol issues. Hamilton wrote the alcohol and drug abuse updates for World Book Encyclopedia’s Health and Medical Annual, and served as a consultant, nationally and internationally, on addictions treatment programming.

A native of Florida, Hamilton was a graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, Africa, and after returning she received her master’s and doctorate in psychology from Tufts University in Boston.

A memorial service was held July 21 at the Bon Air Park Rose Garden located

near the Hamilton’s home in Arlington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Gayle Hamilton Scholarship Fund to carry on her work in nutrition and addiction treatment. Send checks sent to 4201 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016.

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