Frederic Hamilton Sr., 78, data processing official

October 21, 2004

Frederic "Fritz" Hamilton Sr., a retired state data processing official, died of cancer Oct. 14 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The former Joppatowne resident was 78.

Mr. Hamilton was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Baltimore. He dropped out of the city's Boys Vocational School in 1943 to enlist in the Navy.

After serving as a radio operator in the Pacific during World War II, he returned to Baltimore and earned his General Educational Development diploma.

He worked in data processing for the old Union Trust Co. through the 1950s, and helped with the installation and operation of the bank's first computers.

In the 1970s, he became deputy director of data processing for the unemployment insurance services and claims division of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Hamilton enjoyed bowling and woodworking.

He was an active member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Joppa Road and Town Center Drive in Joppa, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Betty Jean Groom; a son, Frederic A. Hamilton Jr. of Overlea; a daughter, Wendy S. Dixon of Columbia; a brother, Charles R. Hamilton of Fallston; two sisters, Emma R. Hamilton Russell of Rosedale and Faith E. Debes of Fallston; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

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