Fish and Wildlife Director Sam Hamilton dies unexpectedly
Hamilton experienced chest pains during an afternoon run at the Keystone Ski Resort and the local coroner said his death was consistent with an underlying heart-related medical issue, according to local news reports.
The 54-year-old was confirmed as the agency's 15th director last July and assumed the position in September.
"Sam was a friend, a visionary, and a professional whose years of service and passionate dedication to his work have left an indelible mark on the lands and wildlife we cherish," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. "His forward-thinking approach to conservation -- including his view that we must think beyond boundaries at the landscape-scale -- will continue to shape our nation's stewardship for years to come. My heart goes out to Sam's family, friends, and colleagues as we remember a remarkable leader and a compassionate, wise, and eternally optimistic man."
Before becoming director, Hamilton served as the agency's southeast regional director, which included 10 U.S. states and the Caribbean. He supervised FWS and Interior Department restoration efforts in the Everglades and Gulf of Mexico region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Hamilton's conservation career spanned more than 30 years beginning as a 15-year-old working with the Youth Conservation Corps, according to the Interior Department. He is survived by his wife, Becky, two sons and a grandson.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau of the Interior Department established in 1940 as part of a department reorganization. The agency oversees conservation and development projects related to the nation's fish and wildlife resources and similar education efforts, among other things.
| February 20, 2010; 10:52 PM ET
Categories: Administration, Agencies and Departments
Save & Share: Previous: Friday Feedback: getting back into the groove after the snow
Next: Eye Opener: 'Don't ask, don't tell' back in the news
Posted by: chunche | February 20, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: BrianX9 | February 21, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: kuhar352 | February 21, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: member5 | February 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: lquarton | February 23, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: member5 | February 23, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: member5 | February 23, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.