Glen W. Hamilton, M.D. ’65, Res. ’70
Glen Willard Hamilton, M.D., a leading developer of heart- scanning techniques in his early career at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the 1970s, and later a successful stockbroker in the 1980s and 1990s, died after a long illness on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. He was 69. According to family members, Dr. Hamilton’s death was caused by congestive heart failure and pulmonary insufficiency and comes some four years after his official retirement from the brokerage business.
In 1961, after only two years at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas, Glen took the entrance exams to the University of Washington School of Medicine. The school, assuming that he already received his undergraduate degree, accepted him. After nearly “flunking out” (his words) in his first quarter, he graduated in 1965 with honors. That was followed by an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Yale University Hospital in New Haven, Conn., from 1965–1967, during which time Glen met and married a young nurse, Madeline Anne George. Glen returned to the UW to finish his residency and served as the chief medical resident in 1969 and 1970. He then joined the UW School of Medicine’s faculty in 1970, and became the first chief of nuclear medicine at the Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital.
Over the next dozen years, he pioneered the development of nuclear medicine (or isotope techniques) in cardiology, publishing one book and more than 50 scientific articles. To this day, such tests (heart scans) are regularly performed to help in the diagnosis of coronary artery blockages. In 1980, he was elevated to full professor, and received the Paul Dudley White Award for “outstanding accomplishments in the field of cardiovascular disease.” From 1982 to 1988 he was the head of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Northwest Hospital.
In 1979, with the help and encouragement of his late friend, J. Ward Kennedy, M.D., Res. ’62, Fel. ’66, Glen embarked on a somewhat unexpected second career as a stock broker with the Seattle firm of Foster & Marshall. In 1986, he joined Ragen MacKenzie, where he sat on the board of directors and was branch manager of the Seattle office in the 1990s. From 1980 — until retiring from medicine in 1988 to focus on his brokerage clients — he devoted weekday mornings to the investment business and his afternoons to medicine. He was eventually joined at Ragen MacKenzie by his two sons. Always enthusiastic about learning and acquiring new skills and experiences, Glen was passionate about a number of hobbies throughout the course of his life. His early adult years were devoted to stamp collecting and rhododendrons. In the 1980s and 1990s, he became a wine connoisseur, and began travelling once or twice a year to France for serious wine-tasting.
In the last 10 years of his life, when his declining health made extensive travel increasingly difficult, Glen's attention shifted to wood-turning and painting. The family home on Whidbey Island, which he loved dearly, became his studio. His wood bowls were sold at the Bayview Arts Center on Whidbey, and there was a showing of his paintings in 2009.
Glen was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle on Nov. 27, 1940, to Willard James “Woody” Robinson and Virginia Edna (North) Robinson. They lived in the Magnolia neighborhood in a house built by his father, who died near Aachen, Germany, in 1944 while serving in the U.S. infantry during World War II. His mother was remarried in 1947 to Walter Franklin Hamilton, after which Glen moved with his mother and younger sister, Judy, to Walter’s hometown of Goldendale, Wash. (Judy died tragically in the early 1950s, just before her 12th birthday). Glen lived in Goldendale until graduating high school in 1959 as the salutatorian.In addition to his wife, Madeline, Glen is survived by daughter Amy Day and her husband, Scott, of Bellevue; son Robb Hamilton and his wife, Rachael, of Seattle; son Adam Hamilton and his wife, Quyen, of Seattle; eight grandchildren (Charlie, Henry, Will, Macky, Grady, Sam, Thomas and Eloise); and sisters, Sally (Hamilton) Jackson of Wenatchee and Jane Hamilton of Long Beach, Calif.
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