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Dr. Kelly Hamby, former general studies chair, dies

November 14, 2005

Dr. Kelly Dean Hamby, former chairman of Abilene Christian University’s Department of General Studies, died Saturday, Nov. 12.  He was 66 years old.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Church of Christ.  The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6-8 p.m. this evening at Elliot-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Hamby served as chairman of the Department of General Studies at ACU from 1989 until his retirement in 2004.  He began teaching at ACU in 1975 and also served as director of the secondary and graduate education programs.  In 1980, he and his wife Eleanor began a lifetime commitment to Namwianga Mission in Zambia, and lived there from 1983-1989.  While in Zambia, he served as superintendent of Zambia Christian Schools in Kalomo, Zambia, and was the General Superintendent of Namwianga Mission since 1989. 

In 1995, the Hambys began a yearly medical mission to Zambia that continues to involve hundreds of people from the Abilene area in an active mission as well as touching the lives of thousands in Zambia.

Prior to his work at ACU, Hamby worked in the Governor's Office of Educational Research and Planning and coordinated curriculum programs for educationally disadvantaged students for the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.  

Hamby is survived his wife of 46 years, Eleanor; two sons, Kel of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Moon of Lawton, Okla.; one daughter, Sheryl Ramsey of Colorado Springs, Colo.;  seven grandchildren, Ruth, Luke, and Caleb Ramsey; Klenisha and Montel Blanton; and Danica and Symone Jones; and many friends in the United States and in Zambia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Kelly Hamby Zambia Scholarship Fund, Zambia Mission, 658 E.N. 21st Street, Abilene, Texas, 79601.


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