I am very sad to report our dear Provost and friend Dr. Carl Hamilton passed on this month. He was a wonderful leader and good friend.
So many fond memories. I will share one.
Every year when we went on the ORU School of Business annual strategic planning/team retreat, on the final day after our discussions, he would bring his boat. We would present our long- and short-term plans and get his input. Our dear friend Frank Cox, our fishing guide, and Dr. Carl would load us up in boats and off on the lake we would go. After a fun day on the lake we would have dinner, spend the night and finish up the next morning with a hearty breakfast and final review of plans. Every year we would drive home in ORU vans and rejoice at the great experience. He just made us feel like we were appreciated and encouraged us to keep moving as we contributed to the ORU dream.
As a long time dean, I can say he was one of the best academic leaders that I came in touch with. My office was right next to entrance of his office. We were in constant contact. As I recall, Oral Robert’s job was to turn deans loose and Dr. Hamilton’s job was to keep us in control. Carl always reminded us of Oral’s vision – “Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, where My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth.”
Those were wonderful, fulfilling years in my life and a privilege to work for him.
Dr. Hamilton and Joyce we love you, and thank you for blessing our lives.