Alice Dolores Hamilton, 75, athlete, City Hall employee

A. Dolores Hamilton
A. Dolores Hamilton
Posted: October 04, 2012

Alice Dolores Hamilton, 75, a groundbreaking athlete who worked for Philadelphia city government for five decades, died Friday, Sept. 28, of liver and kidney failure at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. She was a former resident of Overbrook.

In 1954, when she graduated with honors from Overbrook High School, she played basketball for the Rockettes, which son Afraizh said was Philadelphia's first women's professional roundball team.

Known as Dolores Hamilton, she is featured in an exhibit about athletes at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, her son said.

In 1960, she cofounded Cycle Queens of America and, for more than a dozen years, took motorcycle trips with the group from coast to coast, and to Canada and Mexico, her son said.

She helped establish in 1977 a semiannual cycling magazine for African Americans, News Wheel of the Cycle Queens, her son said.

In 1955, she began her working career as an assistant community relations and ceremonial secretary for the Office of the City Representative and the director of commerce.

She went on to work as an administrative assistant for Mayors James H.J. Tate and Frank L. Rizzo, before retiring in 1993 as a supervising manager for the Revenue Department.

Besides her City Hall work, her son said, she co-owned a Baskin-Robbins outlet in Center City from 1980 to 1985, and, from 1981, had operated a notary service from her home.

Over the years, she studied at Community College of Philadelphia and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1972, she helped found Christ Community Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, where she was a member of the board of trustees, choir director, pianist, and member of the senior choir.

She was active in the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association and the National Baptist Convention USA.

Besides her son Afraizh, she is survived by son Patrick; daughters Azephra, Kharemah, and Kiki; a brother; and four grandchildren. Her former husband, Jerry Davis, died in early 2012.

A viewing was set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Christ Community Baptist Church, 1224 N. 41st St., followed by a 10 a.m. funeral service there.


Contact Walter F. Naedele

at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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