Monday, June 12, 2006
John Walter Hambleton, 90, who was a deputy director responsible for the budgets of major health service programs at the
National Institutes of Health before retiring in 1972, died May 24 of complications from congestive heart failure at Fairfax
Nursing Center. He was a resident of Springfield.
At the NIH, Mr. Hambleton had budgetary oversight for areas that included communicable disease control, hospital and medical
facilities construction and dental and nursing public health. After 36 years in the federal government, he worked for several years
as a consultant on public health matters.
Mr. Hambleton was born in Baltimore and grew up in Washington, where he graduated from the old Central High School. He
received a bachelor's degree in commercial science from the old Columbus University in 1947 and did graduate work at
He moved with his family to Northern Virginia in 1949 and became a resident of Springfield in 1955. He was a parishioner of St.
Bernadette's Catholic Church and was active in many church programs, including of the 49ers Senior Citizens Club.
In retirement, he and his wife delivered food to the elderly for 15 years through Meals on Wheels. He also did volunteer financial
work for Catholic Charities and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Hambleton and his wife crisscrossed the United States numerous times to visit with their children and grandchildren
throughout the country. He felt strongly that nothing was more important than family, said his son Robert Curtis Hambleton of
Mr. Hambleton, a man of wit and humor, was a voracious reader and ardent gardener. For his entire life, every summer meant a
trip to the beach and visits to St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore.
A son, William Michael Hambleton, died in infancy in 1957.
Besides his son Robert, survivors include his wife of 66 years, Helen Rowzee Hambleton; five children, John Walter Hambleton
of El Cajon, Calif., Charles Daniel Hambleton of Springfield, Kathleen Marie McFadden of Herndon, Christopher Alfred
Hambleton of Lake Bluff, Ill., and Jeanne Patricia Watts of Annapolis; a sister, Gladys Morris of Baltimore; and 12 grandchildren.