James L. Hamrick, a 1950 graduate earned a master’s
degree in international relations from Duke in 1952. He married
classmate Peggy Cater in 1952 and also went to work for Milliken and
Company in Greenville. During a long career at Milliken, he held a
variety of management positions, and he retired in 1993 as vice
president of financial planning.
Mr. Hamrick is a loyal supporter of the Political Science Department.
The James L. Hamrick, Sr. Political Science Scholarship provides
funding for students majoring in Political Science who demonstrate both a
monetary need and the scholastic ability to be successful at Furman
University. In addition, the James L. Hamrick, Jr. Endowment for
Political Science provides monies for books for the Department of
Political Science. Mr. Hamrick also proved instrumental in the planning
for the funding of John E. Johns Hall. Overall, his remarkable
generosity to the Department of Political Science has made possible the
education of many of our very best students.
As former chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, he has served a
number of terms on the board. In 1995, Furman awarded him an honorary
doctor of humanities degree. The Hamricks’ two children also graduated
from Furman. He and his late wife, Peggy, were founding members of the
Furman Partners Scholarship program.