Robert C. Hamlin ’56 died on July 5, 2017, in Jupiter, Florida.
(The following was published in Greenwhich Time on July 16, 2017:)
HAMLIN, Robert Culver, 82 of Jupiter, FL, formerly of Greenwich, CT, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2017 in the care and love of his family. Bob was born on Dec 15, 1934, to Lawrence and Sarah Hamlin in Bayside Queens, NY. The early years of his life were spent in Saigon, Vietnam, where his father worked for Standard Vacuum Oil Company (Mobil). He attended school at Blair Academy, NJ, Greenwich High School, and his beloved Bowdoin College where he majored in math and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. An outstanding athlete, he excelled in many sports, but was an especially talented golfer and was a member of the golf teams through high school and college. Many of his fondest golfing memories were from his days at The Milbrook Club and Greenwich Country Club. Bob was a first lieutenant in the US Army and was assigned to the Signal Corp, running some of the first large-scale digital computers. His working career spanned many companies including General Foods; Batten, Barton, Durstine, & Osborn; and Young & Rubicam, where he was part of a team that won a Clio Award for the “Be a Pepper” campaign. He also worked for the Dr. Pepper Company, which afforded him and Carol opportunities to travel the world. Bob spent his years before retirement working for Executive Sports running the Jack Nicklaus Golf Calendar. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carol Roehl Hamlin, and children Richard Hamlin and wife Cherri of Firestone, CO, John Bishop Hamlin of Jupiter, FL, and Elizabeth (Molly) Cope and husband Joshua of Moorestown, NJ. “GrandBob” will be dearly remembered by grandsons Joseph and Dustin Hamlin, and Zachary and Jacob Cope. He also leaves sister Nancy Tomlin, nephew Steve Tomlin and wife Patsy, and niece Susan Kinney. Bob’s marvelous sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and creative endeavors brought joy to friends and family; he was a gentleman to all he encountered. He was blessed with many lifelong friends who lifted his spirits through difficult days.