May/June 2014
In memoriam: Judge Calvin C. Hamilton

Magistrate Judge Calvin “Cal” K. Hamilton passed away April 25, 2014 in Kansas City at the age of 89. He was born on September 28, 1924 in Cedar County, Missouri. He spent his youth on a farm in southwest Missouri, playing practical jokes and baseball. He served in World War II, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and then was called to serve in the Korean War with the reserves. He has the distinction of being awarded an honorable discharge from three branches of the military: Navy, Army, and Air Force.

After graduating first in his law school class at University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1956, he entered the Department of Justice’s Honor Program and then private practice. He served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri before being appointed the district’s first Chief U.S. Magistrate on May 3, 1971. He retired from public service on March 1, 1991, three months after magistrates took on the title of magistrate judge.