Alumnus to be Posthumously Honored at FPS Gala on Campus

The Hon. Clifford “Gene” Hamilton Jr., ’64 ΔΤΔ, will be posthumously honored during the Fulton Public Schools Sixth Annual Foundation Gala on March 14 at Backer Dining Room in Mueller Leadership Hall on the Westminster College campus.

Hamilton is one of two individuals who will be inducted into the Foundation’s Alumni Hall of Fame this year. Carol Robertson, a Westminster visiting instructor in biology from 2016 to 2017, will be inducted into the organization’s Educator Hall of Fame.

Hamilton was born in Callaway County on Oct. 31, 1942, and died on April 29, 2019. He majored in political science at Westminster before graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1967. He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army immediately after completing law school. In 1969, the Missouri governor appointed Hamilton to the position of Callaway County prosecuting attorney. He served in that capacity until 1980. Hamilton then was Division 13 circuit judge in Boone and Callaway counties from 1982 until his retirement in 2010. He also served as a presiding judge from 2002 to 2010.

During his time as circuit judge, Hamilton presided over more than 500 jury trials, including 50 homicides.

This is the second consecutive year the Fulton Public Schools (FPS) Foundation Gala has taken place at Westminster. Past Westminster alumni to be inducted into the FPS Hall of Fame include Maj. (Ret.) Byron S. Bagby, ’78, Milia Islam-Majeed, ‘01, and Jerry D. Kennett, MD, ’69 ΣΑΕ.

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.