Former USTA Executive Director Lee Hamilton of Dallas passed away on June 15. Hamilton served a variety of roles at the community and section levels, and was a former president of the USTA Texas Section. He was executive director of USTA national from 2003 to 2007.
“As most of you know, Lee was a passionate advocate for our sport, and his great vision, remarkable consensus-building skills, and good humor played a large role in guiding the growth of our association and of the sport,” said USTA President and Chairman of the Board Jon Vegosen.
Following a successful career in the oil industry, Hamilton brought his vast and varied talents to tennis. He served as president of Community Tennis Associations in both Houston and Dallas before serving on the board of the USTA Texas Section. As USTA executive director, Hamilton worked tirelessly to help make tennis more inclusive and more accessible to more people, and played a leading role in the growth of the game and the health and vitality of the USTA. Hamilton was inducted into the USTA Texas Hall of Fame in 2009.
A native of Pittsburgh, Hamilton earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. In his 34-year business career, he was a Vice President at Exxon Company International and Executive Vice President of O H M, an environmental concern.
“Lee was a mentor to many and a friend to many more,” Vegosen said. “His passion for tennis and dedication to the growth of the sport he loved were unparalleled and inspirational. He will be sorely missed by all of us who share his love of tennis and were fortunate enough to call him our friend. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Lee’s wife Molly and the entire Hamilton family.”