Thomas Phillips Martin ’80, a son of Phillips H., a corporate marketing director, and Margaret G. Martin, an elementary school teacher, was born on November 13, 1958. He grew up in Jamestown, NY, and attended Jamestown High School, where he co-captained the basketball and track teams. Self-described as competitive by nature, anti-materialist, and opposed to the Vietnam War in that early ’70s era, he entered Hamilton following his high school graduation in 1976. On campus he impressed those who came to know him with his initiative and organizational ability. Tom Martin successfully organized a fund drive for the Emerson Literary Society and was selected to sit as a student member of the Trustee Committee on Financial Planning and Resource Development.
Having majored in economics and foreign languages, Tom Martin was graduated with honors in foreign languages in 1980. He promptly left for Japan to study the language and to teach English at a Berlitz school there. He also completed a one-year internship at the Tokyo branch office of Bankers Trust Co. and expected to return to the U.S. after a year to study international management and work on an M.B.A. degree. The last the College heard from him, he was in training at the New York branch of the Sumitomo Bank.
According to a brief newspaper obituary, Thomas P. Martin was residing in Dayton, OH, when he died “unexpectedly” on May 27, 2012. In addition to his mother, his is survived by his former wife, Kyoko Martin; two children, Mia and Kenneth Martin; and two older brothers, Paul and Patrick Martin.
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Scott Stephen Morris ’85, a business executive and entrepreneur, was born on October 1, 1963, in Syracuse, NY. The youngest child of Robert D., a finance manager with General Electric Co., and Irma Mack Morris, he prepared for college at the Hill School in Pennsylvania, where he captained the basketball team. Scott Morris, known as “Rock” since childhood, was a counselor at YMCA Camp Tousey, near Alexandria Bay, NY, during his teenage years and also a member of the Pittsfield Little League team that won the Massachusetts state championship in 1977. He entered Hamilton following his graduation from the Hill School in 1981. Having majored in history, he was awarded his diploma in 1986.
Scott “Rock” Morris subsequently went to work for General Electric and completed its financial management program. He ultimately found his niche in the packaging field and, in 2005, as an entrepreneur, founded Four Star Packaging. Located in Devon, PA, it was a shop that provided “one-stop” services to companies seeking to package their products in glass or plastic bottles. For the past several years he had been vice president of national sales for Vitro Packaging, providers of glass container products to corporate clients. Colleagues there knew him for his personal integrity as well as his sales acumen.
In 1990, Scott Morris was wed to Ann Marie Fahey. They became the proud parents of four children. His highest priority was always focused on his family, and when his children were growing up, he coached their Little League and soccer teams, “always infusing the lessons with a strong emphasis on sportsmanship.” His other athletic interests included golf, and he devotedly followed the fortunes of the Ohio State football team. In addition, he had an “appetite for anything political.”
Scott S. Morris was residing in the Philadelphia, PA, area when he died on August 7, 2012, while running on his treadmill, at the age of 48. He leaves his wife and their children, Will, Natalie, Caroline, and Luke. Also surviving are three brothers, including Robert S. Morris ’76. They and Rock’s many friends will long remember his engaging personality, keen sense of humor, and, above all, his compassionate nature.
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Pamela Ann Hunt Wombles ’87, director of alumni relations at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut, was born on April 2, 1965, in New York City. A daughter of Edward T., Jr., and Barbara B. Hunt, she grew up in the Buffalo area, where her father was vice president and regional manager for the New York Telephone Co. “Pam” Hunt prepared for college at the Nichols School in Buffalo and enrolled at Hamilton from the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park in 1983. She majored in English and minored in art history while on the Hill, and was graduated in 1987.
Thereafter Pam Hunt moved to Manhattan, where she entered the advertising field as an account executive with Magna Marketing and later Young & Rubicam. On September 19, 1992, she and James R. Wombles, Jr., were married in Buffalo. They lived in Maryland for a time, when Pam’s two children were young. She had been residing in the New Canaan area of Connecticut for the past several years.
Her colleagues at New Canaan Country School fondly remember Pam Wombles as creative and talented, always eager to help, and one who “loved a good laugh.” With her ability to reach out and make everyone feel special, she succeeded in building a strong and vibrant alumni program for the school. Highly involved in the school’s activities, especially its diversity efforts, she also served as coach of its cross-country team.
Pamela Hunt Wombles died on March 29, 2012, at the age of 46, as reported in a brief newspaper obituary. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Jessica and James R. Wombles III, as well as a sister and a brother.
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