A memorial service will be held this Saturday evening on the Cornell campus for Scott Hamilton, a retired veteran of the Cornell University Police Department who died on December 9th. The service will begin at 6pm in Sage Chapel, with a reception to follow in the nearby Sage Hall atrium.
Retired senior investigator Scott Hamilton of CUPD died in December."Despite the efforts of modern medicine, and the thoughts and prayers and well wishes of many, Scott's great big heart stopped on Monday afternoon," the department said in a statement last month. The 36-year veteran of CUPD, who retired in 2012, was being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.
In addition to being one of CUPD's primary criminal investigators for years, Hamilton had come to specialize in alcohol awareness and the effects of alcohol use and abuse on situations that may require police intervention. He was a guest speaker for nearly thirty years in Cornell University's noted Introduction to Wines course in the School of Hotel Administration, talking about the dangers of excess drinking and helping to illustrate how even moderate drinkers can become impaired without realizing it.
While serving as a police officer, Hamilton pursued and earned a degree in criminal justice from Tompkins Cortland Community College. He was a recipient of the Frank Hammer Officer of the Month Award presented by the Kiwanis Club of Ithaca to Tompkins County law enforcement officers. He had also served as a patrol officer with the Dryden Police Department.