Gilbert (Gil) Hamilton

Date of Birth

May 26th, 1924

Date of Death

August 28th, 2011

Memorial Meeting

Davis Friends Meeting


Gilbert (Gil) Hamilton, a member of the Religious Society of Friends in Davis, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2011.  He was born May 26, 1924, in Richmond, Indiana, to Harry and Edith Hamilton.  He graduated from Richmond High School and Earlham College in Richmond.  He obtained master’s degrees from Indiana University and from UC Davis.

He was active in peace, justice and human rights causes all his life. He was very active in the Davis Quaker Meeting, where he also helped with maintenance projects and taking care of the grounds.  He enjoyed making old fashioned wooden toys and stilts for the children of the Meeting.  He consistently took photos of our Meeting events.  He appreciated the Meeting community and repeated his humanist yearnings for a more equitable world in political terms.

Gilbert was an avid bird watcher and photographer, and he also liked to hike at Point Reyes. He was a photographer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He taught high school English in Dearborn, Michigan, and at John Woolman School in Nevada City, California. He retired from Contadina Foods in Woodland, where he worked for nearly 30 years.

He was preceded in death by is brother Rudolph Hamilton.  He is survived by his former wife, Billie Hamilton, daughters Kathryn Brown of Sacramento, and Kerri Warner of Crawfordsville, Ind., and grandchildren Michael Warner and Sarah Warner.