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Remembering Corky Hamill

July 15, 2013


Openlands remembers life-long conservation advocate and supporter Corwith (Corky) Hamill, who passed away July 11 at the age of 99.

Corky Hamill’s family has deep roots in Illinois going back to the 18th century. His family always encouraged stewardship of our natural resources and has made invaluable contributions to conservation in Illinois. A businessman and civic leader, Corky was an early board member of Openlands and was involved with the Brookfield Zoo for over 50 years.

The Hamill family's civic work was led by Corky and his late wife, Joan. This spirit has been embraced by their son, current Openlands board member Jon Hamill, their daughters Nancy Winter and Betsy Bramsen, and their grandchildren. The Hamill family's unbridled dedication to protecting America's landscapes through civic leadership, philanthropy, and gracious enthusiasm is an inspiration.

A sampling of projects that have benefited from their support include The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Nature Preserve along the Illinois River; The Hamill Family Play Zoo at the Brookfield Zoo, and the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve.

Corky will be missed greatly and remembered fondly. Our thoughts are with his family.

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