Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

In Memoriam: Ruth Simms Hamilton (1937-2003)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

In Memoriam: Ruth Simms Hamilton (1937-2003)

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The Michigan State University community, along with others in higher education, mourned the loss of long-time MSU professor of sociology Ruth Simms Hamilton. She was 66 years old.

"Dr. Hamilton was a valued member of our community for more than 30 years," said Dr. Marietta Baba, dean of the MSU College of Social Science. "Her visionary work - most recently in leading a team in the design of a new urban studies initiative at Michigan State University - contributed greatly to our understanding of modern social processes. She was a highly regarded professional as well as a good friend to many of us."

Upon joining the university community in 1968, Hamilton began a stellar career marked by high-quality academic research, visionary thinking and inspired teaching.

Most recently, Hamilton led the Urban and Metropolitan Studies Design Team - a task force established to design a new urban studies initiative at MSU -and lent her vision, expertise and enthusiasm to the undertaking.

Prior to her work on the design team, Hamilton served as director of the African Diaspora Research Project since 1987. The project examines the dispersion and settlement of African peoples beyond the African continent, and the project originated in the need for a broader understanding of communities of African descent. An 11-volume series on the project is being published.

"Ruth was more than an example of the 'total scholar,' she was a model," said MSU Provost Lou Anna K. …

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