John Louis Hamilton

August 8, 1925August 19, 2013

John Louis Hamilton, age 88, passed away on Monday, the 19th of August 2013.

John was born in Fort Worth, Texas on the 8th of August 1925, and attended Paschal High School. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduating from Northwestern Midshipman School in Chicago before serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater where he received the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal for Service.

John graduated from The University of Texas and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. John returned to Fort Worth and married his childhood classmate, Ann Lowdon. The couple settled in Houston where John worked in the mortgage business before starting his own real estate investment company, which he operated for over 50 years. Active in historic building preservation, John worked to renovate historic homes in Houston, Galveston, and New Orleans. In Philanthropy, John provided housing to Vietnamese displaced from their homes after the Vietnam War, received the Paul Daugherty Award from Casa de Esperanza for service to that organization, and along with Ann, created an endowed scholarship for the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing.

John was preceded in death by parents, George Morgan and Ollie Hamilton; and his brother, George M. Hamilton, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Lowdon Hamilton; daughter and son-in-law, Anna Beth and Doug Hill; son, Caleb Hamilton; two grandchildren, Cameron and Hallie Hill; and his beloved canine companions Gracie 2 and Sallie.

The family would like to thank Ann Belisle, Merle Rostant, Kalisha Askew, Yvonne Joubert, Beverly Thomas, and Tammy Roberts for the loving care given to John during the past several years. The memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Thursday, the 22nd of August, at the Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Laurens A. Hall, Rector, and the Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Richnow, Senior Associate Rector, are to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Sumners Hall.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Mr. Hamilton’s memory may be directed to the Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX, 77019; or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Lena Syma

August 25, 2013

I met John & his lovely wife Ann yrs ago at their favorite café, Epicure, near their home. I will miss John at our lunches!

Leslie Lopez

August 25, 2013

Mr. John Hamilton was an extraordinary human being and a wonderful landlord. During the 26 1/2 years I rented from him, our relationship was based on trust and Mr. Hamilton's good nature. He was thoughtful of others and had a great sense of humor. I will miss him personally, and I send my warmest regards to his family during this time of loss. Leslie Lopez

Carolina Avila

August 25, 2013

My deepest condolences. John was a great man and a great landlord.

Max & Miles

August 24, 2013

Miles & I, on our daily walk to Starbucks every afternoon at 2:30ish, would pass Epicure, and there was always this unusually handsome couple sitting at a table next to the window. Eventually, we exchanged waves as we passed. Then we also encountered these beautiful people at the Post Office, with their two little dogs, and our two 80lb dogs. Dog Lovers! We became fast friends, in passing, and our "in passing" friendship continued for these past 5 or 6 years. We've missed Mr. Hamilton in the window at Epicure this past year. We can't help but remember him every time we pass Epicure, and that's the easy it's going to be for years and years to come ~ a beautiful & kind Dog Lover. God Bless People like Mr&Mrs Hamilton!

George Runnion

August 24, 2013

Memories of Midshipman School days with John and David Wright ease somewhat my grief in John's passing. Much love from Rosemary and me.

Stephen Newman

August 21, 2013

John and Ann are what Houston and Texas have always been..loving Christian people! John and Ann have been a lifelong testimony to to hard work and charity. God Bless the Hamilton family.

Barbara Tungate

August 21, 2013

Such a lovely man with an equally beautiful and charming wife, Ann. I always so enjoyed our visits at various antiques shows in years past. He lived a stellar life, with grace and goodness. My thoughts are with you both.

Cheryl Bean

August 21, 2013

I met the Hamiltons when I babysat for Anna Beth and Doug. The adorable and beguiling kids were a treat but then the entire family a pleasure to know. One time the Hamiltons took the kids and I to Spaghetti Warehouse where we ate too much, had a good time and enjoyed the kids funny comments. I think of an elegant couple, who loved their kids and had unashamed pride in their grandchildren. Prayers for their friends and family during this time.

Niels Lenz

August 19, 2013

I knew John since the mid 70's and I bought my first house from him which I still live in. John was very fair with me and everyone he did business with. He was a great man and he will be missed.