William “Bill” Jean Hamrick, 88, of Terre Haute, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013. He was born in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, on Nov. 27, 1924, to Floyd and Katherine (Russell) Hamrick. He was a graduate of Indiana State Teacher’s College (now Indiana State University) with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1948 and 1951, respectively. He retired in 1989 from Vigo County Schools, where he had been the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.
Bill was a decorated World War II veteran with the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served as a lieutenant with the 440th carrier group of the 96th squadron. He was a navigator in the European campaign against Germany. After the end of the war, Bill returned to Terre Haute and started a career in education.
He was a career educator with Vigo County School Corporation for 40 years. During that time, he served as teacher, counselor, assistant principal, coordinator of Guidance and Special Education, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, acting Superintendent and 20 years as assistant Superintendent for Instruction. He served one year at the state level as Indiana Director of Guidance Services and six years as consultant with the American Schools in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. He also served as a developer of the Covered Bridge Special Education District. Under his supervision the Washington Alternative High School was developed in Vigo County.
After retirement, Bill was an active member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild, where he painted as a water colorist. His work was award-winning and exhibited in many locations in/around southern Indiana. He also was an active member of Memorial United Methodist Church and he served as chairman of the Administration Board and Pastor Parish Committee.
Other civic contributions include serving 23 years as Board of Directors of the Hamilton Mental Health Center from its inception through building and program development. He also was a member of Vigo Country Coordinating Council and co-founder of the 4-C Child Care Services of Vigo County. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Terre Haute Symphony and Vigo Country Historical Society and was a member of the Kiwanis Club.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 57 years, Mary Claire (Thomas) Hamrick, whom he married on June 30, 1956; one son, Charles “Chuck” Hamrick of Woodstock, Ga., and his fiancé Margo Held; one daughter, Sally A. (Hamrick) Robertson of Laurel, Md.; one brother, Donald Hamrick of Terre Haute and his wife Joanna; six grandchildren, Michelle Hamrick, Marie (Hamrick) Anstead and her husband Charles, Heather (Hamrick-Ormiston) LeClear and her husband Robert, Charles “Chas” Hamrick, Monet (Hamrick) Luloh and her husband Alex, and Samantha Robertson; six great-grandchildren, Amanda (Ormiston) Roberts and her husband Brandon, Darin Ormiston Jr. and his wife Angie, Austin Charles Ormiston, and Charles “Chase” Anstead; and five great-great-grandchildren, Rowen, Bailey, Lilly and Irelynn Roberts and Damien Ormiston. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Robert.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Callahan-DeBaun Funeral Home, 2425 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, with funeral services at 2 p.m. with Pastor Scott Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute. The family asks that contributions be made to Memorial United Methodist Church, 2701 Poplar Street, Terre Haute, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences can be made at: