Rodger Hamiltonís Obituary (Columbus Dispatch, May 31, 1971)

Photo Chief, 49, Dies in Hospital

Rodger Hamilton, 49, chief photographer for The Dispatch, dies at 1:55 p.m. Sunday in Riverside Hospital.

Hamilton suffered a massive stroke Friday at his home, 863 W. 6th Ave. in the University View area.

An avid do-it-yourselfer, Hamilton had been scraping paint from a room wall in the house when he complained of feeling ill and was stricken about 5 p.m.

A tall, lean man, Hamilton apparently had been in good health prior to his attack.

A fine photographic technician, equally able behind a camera or in the darkroom, Hamilton was an easygoing, hard working man, unruffled in times of pressure.

The son of Mrs. F. D. Hamilton and late Dr. Hamilton, a dentist, Rodger first showed an interest in photography as a University High School boy when he spent most of his time around the photographic department of the Ohio State Journal and The Columbus Star.

Following high school graduation, Hamilton was hired as an office boy for the Star.

Although his father hoped Rodger would become a dentist, Hamilton was determined on a career in photography. After a year and a half at Ohio State University, he enrolled in and was graduated from a photographic school in New York City.

Hamilton was observing his 20th birthday when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. He served with the Army Pictorial Service in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II.

Hamilton was hired as a Dispatch photographer in 1949. He was named chief photographer in 1956.

A member of the Press Club of Ohio, Hamilton was president of the organization in 1962. Hamilton was a talented amateur musician and frequently took over the bass viol portion for impromptu combos, which formed occasionally at the club.

Hamilton was also a member of the Ohio Press Photographers Association and its national affiliate.

He was a veteran of many top photographic news assignments, including national conventions of both political parties and Ohio State football games in the Rose Bowl.

In addition to his mother, Hamilton is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four children, Rodger, Steven, James and Corrine, and a brother, Dr. Noel D. Hamilton.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Rutherford Chapel, 2388 N. High St.

Friends may visit the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery.