In Memoriam: Craig Hamilton, MAPEI's director of R&D
Craig Hamilton, MAPEI's director of R&D
Craig W. Hamilton, a highly regarded figure in the ceramic tile and stone industry who served as director of research and development for MAPEI Corp., died as the result of a heart attack on Sept. 16. He was 55.
A 20-year veteran of the industry who joined MAPEI in 1989, Hamilton was deeply committed to the industry. He served as president of the Materials & Methods Standards Association (MMSA) and had a strong role in the International Organization for Standards (ISO) where he acted as Convener of the ISO/TC 189 Working Group 3. In this role, Hamilton worked on the introduction of new, clearer standards for tile and stone adhesives and grouts.
The president of MAPEI Americas, Nick Di Tempora, recalled Hamilton's unmistakable influence on those around him. "Craig had the ability to create a serene atmosphere with his presence, whether it was in a boardroom, at a trade show, or with friends and family. He was really one of a kind. His passing leaves us gravely saddened."
MAPEI Group ceo, Giorgio Squinzi, who worked with Hamilton on a number of standards committees, noted that he was deeply committed to his profession. "Craig was widely respected at our meetings for his knowledge and expertise regarding the materials and methods for tile and stone installation. He was actively involved with our research and development at MAPEI, and he will be profoundly missed by his colleagues within the company."
Hamilton is survived by his wife, Nancy; mother, Virginia; sons, Nicholas and Michael; and stepson and stepdaughter, Brian & Elyse Gruskin.
A memorial service was held in Hamilton's honor in Plantation, Fla. At the family's request, donations may be made, in memory of Craig W. Hamilton, to the following organizations: American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) and Noah's Wish (www.noahswish.org.)