February 18, 2013

Dr. Ray Hamilton Passes Away

Dr. Ray HamiltonWe are sad to announce that Dr. Ray Hamilton, current Associate Professor of Aviation Policy, passed away suddenly this weekend in Auburn.

Dr. Hamilton is survived by daughter, Chris, and son, Rex, (Pamela) and grand-daughter, Lily.  Dr.  Hamilton was preceded in death by his wife, Melissa.

Please join us in sharing our deepest sympathy to the Hamilton family.

Dr. Hamilton’s Bio:

At Auburn since 2000


DPA, University of Alabama, 1990
MSc, Louisiana State University, 1974
BSc, United States Air Force Academy, 1963

Professional Activities

Dr. Hamilton’s program of research focused on attitude strength and personality attributes of professional aircrews. Specific areas include the study of attitude formation and change processes and factors associated with attitude persistence and resistance. Related research interests include personality variables in pilot attitude-behavior consistency, attitude-judgment relationships, and time-critical decision making.

The former Dean of Faculty of the US Air Force’s Air War College, Dr. Hamilton had served on the editorial board of the Airpower Journal. He was published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the Proceedings of the Arctic Institute of North America, and the International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies.

A USAF command pilot with over 5000 flying hours including 300 combat hours, he held an FAA airline transport pilot rating and a turbojet flight engineer rating. Dr. Hamilton’s current teaching assignments included aviation meteorology, advanced aerodynamics for pilots, international airline operations, and business aviation management. His professional memberships consist of the Association of American Geographers, the American Political Science Association, the University Aviation Association, the Council of Aviation Accreditation, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Auburn has lost a great man.

“To fly west, my friend, is a flight we all must take for a final check.” (Author unknown)

February 18, 2013