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University of Maryland Mourns the Passing of Hamish Osborne

August 08, 2016

Hamish S. Osborne

University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty and Medical System staff mourn the passing of Hamish S. Osborne.  Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Hamish received a life-saving double-lung transplant at the University of Maryland. His vision and financial support led to the creation of the Program in Lung Healing, and an endowed professorship in his name. Hamish is remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, passionate philanthropist, and fun-loving friend. The following obituary was published in newspapers.

EASTON – Hamish Scott Osborne – Attorney, Philanthropist, born June 28, 1948 in Bucks County, England, son of Arthur S. Osborne and Margaret (Scott) Osborne. Hamish graduated from London Central High School in 1966 and from the University of Arizona in 1970. There he met his beloved wife, Christy. They moved to Baltimore, where Hamish began his career as a federal employee. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1986, where he was a member of the Law Review. He practiced law in Howard County, MD until his retirement.

He was a member of Leadership Howard County and was a board member of McDonogh School and the University of Maryland Law School. He provided scholarships for students at both schools. Additionally, he sponsored a Professorship in Advanced Pulmonary Care at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Hamish served on the Foundation Board of the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. He was also a proud member of the Talbot Country Club, Quail Valley Country Club and the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club. He was especially supportive of veterans and was a board member of the Navy League.

Hamish was the recipient of two lung transplants. The Osborne family thanks the donors of the lungs that saved his life, and invites anyone to consider the gift of organ donorship. Hamish was especially thankful for the Gift of Life, and for the compassionate care that he received at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Hamish’s greatest pleasures in life were his friends, family, and fun. He loved the time that he shared between his hometowns of Vero Beach, FL and Easton, MD. Treasured past-times were golfing, boating, reading, history, politics, Baltimore sports teams and talking about all of these things with his friends. His childhood summers were spent on Deep Creek Lake, before the resort are even had electricity. As an adult, he loved sharing Deep Creek with his own young family. Recent summers were spent cruising the Chesapeake and the Atlantic seaboard with his crew of mates.

Hamish Osborne and wife Christy with Dean Reece
Hamish with Dean Reese

Hamish loved solving global issues at his weekly weekend "men’s breakfast." He had a keen love of travel, and hitchhiked across Europe as a teenager. He continued to enjoy a lifetime of travel, and hitchhiked across Europe, Africa, and Asia, even in the last years of his life. He was a card shark as well, and proved to be a worthy opponent in bridge, poker, and late night hands of gin. Hamish was eternally young, and loved seeking adventures and laughs with his friends and loved ones.

A 47 year marriage with the love of his life, Christine (Clugage) Osborne, was what he considered both his greatest accomplishment and his most cherished gift. He is also survived by a daughter, Jennie (Mike) Burke, and two sons, Andrew (Rachel Elsea), and Matthew (Heather McManus). He is loved by 12 grandchildren: Margaret, Caroline, Charles and Holly Jean Burke, and Brooks, Calvin, Amelia, Annabelle, Hamish, Scarlett, Christine, and Drew Osborne.

He is also survived by his sister, Kristin (Osborne) Rohr. He will be missed, loved, and cherished eternally by his family and friends.

Friends that knew and loved Hamish are invited to a memorial service on Monday, August 22 at Westminster Hall, 519 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21201. A reception will take place immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Hamish S. Osborne Program in Lung Healing Fund, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 31 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201-1595, or online at:

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