Established in 2008, the Dean’s Medal recognizes extraordinary service, philanthropy, and leadership to the School, and dedication and commitment that inspire others to take leadership roles at the University. Individuals, families, associations, corporations, or foundations may be recognized. It is among the highest honors given by the School.
As a devout philanthropist, influential business leader, and loyal friend of the Eastman School of Music for more than two decades, George Hamlin has left an indelible mark on the School and its students. His longstanding belief in the necessity of music and its ability to positively impact society can be traced back to his family’s deep musical roots; both his wife, Mary, and his son, Alex ’00E, are accomplished musicians. As a result, George has committed himself to the Eastman School and its mission to create more leaders who will enhance the lives of others through music. Motivated by their shared belief in music’s intangible and immeasurable value to humanity, George and Mary created the Hamlin Family Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and the Hamlin Family Scholarship, ensuring that more students, regardless of their financial means, are prepared to join today’s ever-changing musical landscape as innovative thinkers and entrepreneurial musicians. George remains an active member of the Canandaigua business community, and continues to serve the University as a member of the University of Rochester Medical Center board, UR Medicine Home Care board, Eastman National Council, and chair of the Eastman Board of Managers. In recognition of his exemplary leadership and inspirational generosity, it is with deep respect and heartfelt gratitude that this honor is bestowed.