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Hamilton Fish Kean, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1954, New Jersey 1955. Decorated Purple Heart; recipient Founders award, 1999.


Kean, Hamilton Fish was born on March 1, 1925 in New York City. Son of Robert Winthrop and Elizabeth Stuyvesant (Howard) Kean.


Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Princeton University, 1949; Juris Doctor, Columbia University, 1954.


Assistant counsel, Waterfront Commission New York Harbor, 1954; law secretary, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1954-1955; assistant United State Attorneys, New Jersey District, 1955-1957; partner, Clapp and Eisenberg and predecessors, Newark, 1957-1962; trustee various funds, since 1963; lecturer law, Rutgers University School Law, 1960; lecturer environmental law, State University of New York at Purchase lecturer environmental law, Westchester Community College, 1974-1976. Supervising attorney clinical program environmental law New York University School Law, 1972-1976. Chairman Livingston National Bank, 1984.

Board directors Realty Transfer Company.


  • Bar: New York 1954, New Jersey 1955.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor: New Jersey Law Journal, 1957-1962.


Board directors Morris County Urban League, 1956-1951. Member Urban Crisis Task Force, 1976. Board directors Youth Counseling League, 1969-1993, president, 1979-1983, honorary director.

Board directors Citizens Committee for Children New York, 1971-2002, now honorary director, president, 1972-1977, Eleanor Roosevelt award, 2001. Chairman Joint Action for Children, 1976. Trustee Natural Resources Defense Council, 1973-2002, honorary trustee, since 2002, treasurer, 1973-1976, trustee action fund RPC, since 2003.

Board directors, secretary Environmental Advocates, 1972-1978, honorary board directors, 1999^. Board directors Fountain House, since 1966, president, 1975-1978. Member Advisory Council to New York State Office Mental Health, 1979-1983.

Member Mental Health Service Council, 1983-1990. Trustee Coro Foundation, 1979-1985. Member New York State Mental Hygiene Planning Council, 1981-1985.

Trustee Alice Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library., 1981-1998. Trustee Schuyler Center for Analysis and Avocacy, 1982-2007, president, 1985-1992, honorary trustee, since 2007. Member administrative board Laboratory Ornithology Cornell University, 1982-1987.

Trustee Hancock Shaker Village, 1986-1992. Member advisory board Panel of Americas, since 1986. Board directors, secretary Episcopalian Charities, 1995-2002, Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund, 2004-2010, treasurer, 2007-2010.

Trustee World Federalist Association Endowment Fund, since 1998, chairman, since 2001. Trustee Center for United Nations Reform Education, since 2006. Chairman Center for War/Peace Studies, since 2006.

Served to Second lieutenant United States Army, 1943-1946. Member of American Bar Association, Association Bar City New York, New York State Bar Association (chairman conference on public interest law 1975), Columbia Law School Alumni Association (treasurer 1958-1962), New Bedford Yacht Club, Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club, Princeton Club, Knickerbocker Club, Century Association.


Married Ellen Shaw Garrison, March 25, 1950 (divorced 1976). Children: Leslie K. McKim, Elizabeth Douglas, Lloyd Garrison, Lewis Morris. Married Alice Kay Newcomer, July 6, 1981 (deceased 1986).

Married Edith Williamson Bacon, September 23, 1989.

Robert Winthrop Kean

Elizabeth Stuyvesant (Howard) Kean

Edith Williamson Bacon

Alice Kay Newcomer

Ellen Shaw Garrison

Elizabeth Douglas Kean

Lewis Morris Kean

Lloyd Garrison Kean

Leslie K. McKim Kean