University of Rochester

Advancement Awards

George W. Hamlin IV

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George W. Hamlin, IV is the chairman, trust officer, and senior policy advisor at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. and Canandaigua National Corporation, where he began his career nearly four decades ago. A proud supporter of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Hamlin currently serves as chair of the School’s board of managers and a member of its National Council.

A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Hamlin received his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1963. While at Yale, he built lasting friendships through music, singing as a member of the legendary Whiffenpoofs.  Following six years of service as a pilot in the United States Air Force, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, earning his JD in 1972. During this time, Mr. Hamlin married his wife of 50 years, Mary, a talented pianist who attended Arizona State University on a piano scholarship. Mary’s musical talent, along with the Hamlins’ shared belief in the value of music to humanity, would later be passed down to their son, Alex ’00E. After pursuing majors in both saxophone performance and jazz and contemporary media, Alex went on to enjoy success as a musician, much of which the Hamlins attribute the education he received as an Eastman student.  

In the nearly two decades since Alex’s graduation, the Hamlins have remained passionate advocates for the School and its students. Their commitment to music, and its power to positively impact society, led to the creation of the Hamlin Family Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and the Hamlin Family Scholarship. Their support of the Institute, which prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need to be entrepreneurial, innovative, and successful leaders in today’s ever-changing musical landscape, continues to further the School’s mission of fostering musicians who embrace artistry, versatility, adaptability, and business savvy. Similarly, through their scholarship fund, the Hamlins have enabled more talented students to overcome the financial obstacles that may have otherwise prohibited them from attending Eastman.

In addition to his leadership roles within the School, Mr. Hamlin serves on both the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine Home Care boards. Along with his wife, he is also a member of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society. Mr. Hamlin currently serves as chairman emeritus at Keuka College, chairman emeritus at Thompson Health System, director of the New York State Wine & Culinary Center, director of Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, and president of the Canandaigua Area Development Corporation.

The Hamlins reside in Canandaigua, New York. They have three adult children, Sherrod, Frank, and Alex, and four grandchildren.