V. Lee Hamilton
On June 12, 2015, V. Lee Hamilton, former Sociology Chair, passed away. Hamilton joined the sociology deparment in 1990 as an Associate Professor. In the mid-90s, she was promoted to Full Professor and led the department as its chair from 1997-2001.
Dr. Hamilton earned her PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University. During her 40 year career, she held appointments at SUNY Stony Brook, University of Michigan, Wayne State Univeristy, Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and the University of Maryland. She authored, co-authored, and edited five books and published over 50 articles, all of which focused on one of three major themes: the way in which we consider wrongdoing, how we develop our sense of justice and how we attribute responsibility for crimes. In her later years, in connection with her divinity studies at Duke University, Lee studied and wrote about the impact of spirituality on persons at the end of life. She contributed to the development of a center on spirituality and science at the University of Michigan's Life Sciences and Society program. An active volunteer, Lee had a special place in her heart for Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor, where she retired. She sorted and loaded food for the poor twice a week, up until December of 2014.
William Form (1917-2015)
Dr. William Form was the first graduate student to receive a PhD from the department of sociology at UMD in 1944. His dissertation, "The Sociology of White-Collar Suburb: Greenbelt, Maryland," was directed by C.Wright Mills. During Form's doctoral studies, he taught at Hood College, American University, and here at UMD. When he completed his PhD, Form accepted a job at Stephens College (Missouri). The following year, he moved to Kent State University in Ohio, and then joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1947. From 1971-1984, Form was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, before moving to Ohio State University in 1984, where he retired as a Professor Emeritus.
Form has conducted research in Argentina, France, India, Italy, Korea, and Mexico. During the past 65 years, he has published extensively. Form authored well over 100 books, monographs, and articles covering a wide range of topics including class, community disasters, community power, ideology, labor movements and unions, occupations and careers, politices, religion, sex stratificiation, social mobility, social psychology, social stratification, status, urbanism, work and much more. His two most recent books are autobiographical, On the Shoulders of Immigrants: A Family Portrait (1999) and Work and Academic Politics: A Journeyman's Story (2001). The latter book includes a comprehensive list of his publications.
The department will continue to honor the legacy and scholarly contributions of Dr. William Form through the Annual Form Lecture. The Form Lecture invites alumni from our graduate program back to campus each year to give a presentation about their current research.
Bill Form is survived by his wife, Dr. Joan Huber.