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Ignite Ole Miss: Pam Hamilton Memorial Fund Update

Dear Friends and Family,

The Ole Miss family was stunned last August to learn of the passing of Pam Hamilton who had earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2001.

Pam was a member of the McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College, the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, Mortar Board, the Lambda Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and the National Association of Black Journalists. She was editor of The Daily Mississippian.

After college, Pam worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in South Carolina. In 2007, she earned a master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her stellar career continued as she accepted various positions at the Associated Press, CNN and Thomson Reuters news service.

Clearly these are great achievements, but many students at Ole Miss have achieved at this level. What set Pam apart is a legacy of selflessness. Her focus never was on what was best for her or on her rights. Her obsession was to serve others.

Thus, in every position she held, in every honor she was awarded, she was committed to helping those in the community and to making a difference in the life of others.

Clearly, the great values she learned growing up in her family were expressed on this campus. Her legacy is all those whose lives she influenced and helped. She lived the words of I Corinthians 13: 4-7:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

In Raleigh, Hamilton was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and in Atlanta she actively served as a data entry volunteer with the Assimilation Ministry at Elizabeth Baptist Church.

Please join me in donating to the Pamela E. Hamilton Memorial Fund: ignite.olemiss.edu/PamsImpact and view the video of Pam’s sister, Melissa, reading from Pam’s journal about journalism. Take a moment to share those words with your friends and family on social media using #PamsImpact.


Will Norton, Jr.
Professor and Dean
Meek School of Journalism and New Media

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