In Memory

Mike Hammond

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09/26/11 09:28 PM #1    

Larry Murphy

Mike joined the Army in 1961 and got his diploma while enlisted. He was in Korea and Germany during his two year hitch. He then went to Emery-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., where he received an engineering degree and was immediately hired by Pratt & Whitney. He loved the work but hated the secrecy (all government contracts).

By that time he had a wife and two little girls, but he quit not knowing what he was going to do. He got into plastics and made mostly artsy things. When DuPont introduced Corian he found his niche and for several years he was the largest consumer of Corian in Florida and had contracts to work on houses (mansions!) up and down the east coast of the state and occasionally in the Bahamas. He invented many tools to do specialty work with this expensive material, and DuPont often sent people to his shop so Mike could show them all the things that could be done with their own product!

 Mike was born on 17 March 1944, so we always celebrated St. Michael's Day instead of St. Pat's. His favorite "holiday" was always Ground Hog's Day, and although very ill and knowing he was going to die, he held on until 2 February 1998, a few weeks before his 55th birthday. He never met his two granddaughters or his grandson. He worked very hard, but like his dad and his siblings always made time for fun.

Submitted by Mike's older brother, Ivan Hammond.


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