Hugh Hampton Wilson
Hugh Hampton "Hamp" Wilson, of Tallahassee, Florida, died peacefully at his home on Friday, March 6, 2020, after a long and happy life, three days short of his 93rd birthday.

Hamp was married to his wife of 71 years, Margaret "Peggy" Wilson, daughter of Hume and Mary Alice Park of Richmond. He was the son of the late Hugh and Ruby Wilson of Irvine.

Hamp served in the US Navy during World War II, after which he continued his military service in the US Army Reserve until he retired as a Colonel. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and his graduate degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, where he served as an adjunct professor.

Hamp was a retired NASA Senior Executive, and had spent over 30 years in managing federal contracts. He
served tours at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. At NASA, he received their highest recognition, the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the Medal for Outstanding Leadership and the Exceptional Service Medal. During his final tour at Marshall, he led the team that negotiated the contractual settlement with Morton Thiokol for the shuttle Challenger accident. He received pleasure from the courses that he taught and the consulting work that he did for NASA and aerospace companies after his retirement, resulting in many friends all over the nation.

Hamp was a former member of the Rotary Club in Richmond, and was part-owner of the Army Goods Store there. He was a member of Masonic orders in Kentucky, Alabama, and Florida, and was active escorting children to various Shriners Hospitals.

Hamp loved his wife Peggy with a passion, and she accompanied him on many of his business and military trips. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and derived much pleasure from his family. He always considered his marriage to Peggy, and being the father of Lisa and Mark, and the grandfather of Catherine and Luke, as the most important achievements of his life.

In addition to his wife, Peggy, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Bill Branch, and their daughter, Catherine, all of Tallahassee; his son and daughter-in-law Mark Hampton and Debbie Wilson, and their son Luke Hampton, all of Lake Park, Georgia; a sister and brother-in-law Judy and Joe Warren, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Jerry and Cecil Wilson, both of Irvine, as well as his sister-in-law Bettye Park Hounchell, and brother-in-law Harold Hume Park of Richmond.

A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. He will be inurned in Tallahassee, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
Published on March 25, 2020


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