Caitlin Elisabeth Hamill

College student, age 22, earned honors

January 12, 2007

Caitlin Elisabeth Hamill, a college senior who was preparing for a career in psychology, died from complications of bulimia Jan. 5 in a Jacksonville, Fla., medical facility. The Towson resident was 22.

Her father, John Patrick Hamill of Towson, said she had sought treatment for the eating disorder and had checked herself into the Florida hospital.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, she attended Pleasant Plains Elementary School and was a 2002 graduate of Roland Park Country School, where she danced and sang in a production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Miss Hamill, who suffered from bulimia while in high school, acknowledged her condition in her senior speech.

At her death, she was a senior at Elon University in Burlington, N.C., and had been on the dean's list and the president's list for academic achievement.

She had contributed more than 200 hours of community service in Burlington - as a volunteer at a rape crisis center and worked as an advocate for children through the district attorney's office.

Miss Hamill had recently written a list of personal goals, which her father read at her funeral yesterday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. They included going to graduate school to become a children's play therapist.

She also listed "to be healthy, happy and content," and "develop a lasting self-love, to get married and be proud of myself and my achievements, both personally and professionally."

She wrote that she wanted to "use my personal experience to help others, the way so many have for me."

Also surviving are her mother, Barbara Elisabeth Healey Hamill; her brother, Colin Patrick Grant Hamill of Baltimore; her maternal grandmother, Ilsa E. Healey of Towson; and her paternal grandparents, Jere O. and Martha Sue Hamill of Baltimore.

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