Edward Leslie Hamm Sr.

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NEWPORT NEWS - Edward Leslie Hamm, Sr., 96, a distinguished architect, born March 22, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia, transitioned peacefully on Sat. April 20, 2013 in Richmond. He was the youngest child of Owen W. and Minnie Maddox Hamm. A graduate of Huntington High School, Leslie was employed during the summers at the shipyard where he worked on building the aircraft carrier "Enterprise". He Leslie served as a Corporal in the Army QuarterMaster Training Regiment. From 1946 to 1960 he worked for private architectural firms R.C. Archer & Associates, and Mills, Petticord & Mills, both located in Washington, DC. In 1960, Leslie joined the Federal Government General Services Administration and served in the following capacities: Project Review Architect (John F. Kennedy Cultural Center for the Performing Arts); Project Coordinator (Federal Triangle Project); Acting Chief of the Architectural Section; and Office of Construction Management Coordinator on GSA Demonstration Projects which were designed to demonstrate environmental enhancement and energy conservation. Upon retirement from GSA in 1977 Leslie was serving as the Chief Architect and Energy Conservation Coordinator for the Professional Service Division. During the Civil Rights Movement, both Leslie and his wife Dorothy devoted their talents working tirelessly to secure equal rights and a quality education for their children. As a result they were both named as plaintiffs in several lawsuits. Leslie was an avid Redskins fan who also enjoyed singing tenor for several years, performing throughout the Washington area with the mass choir known as the Menotones and Trebletones. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arlington Interchurch Committee on Housing for Low Income Families; the Arlington Council on Human Relations; the Northern Virginia Fair Housing Association; the County Advisory Board on Health and Welfare; and the NAACP for over 50 years.After retirement, Leslie and Dorothy spent time building their new home in Caroline County, Virginia, which he also designed. While living at Lake Caroline they both joined Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church. Leslie's life experiences taught him to always be truthful, dependable, trustworthy, and punctual. Leslie was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 61 years, Dorothy M. Bigelow Hamm; sisters Annie M. Hamm Walker, Victoria I. Hamm Simmons, and Lillian "Bea" Hamm McCallum. He is survived by his children, Edward Jr. of Virginia Beach; Bernard Sr. of Arlington; and Carmela of Henrico; four grandchildren, Rodney (Linda), Bernard Jr. (Krystal), Niko, and Donique; and three great-grandchildren, Elisia, Joshua, and Gabriela. He also leaves to mourn, his sister's children: Leon D. McCallum, Sr., John B. McCallum, Leslie A. McCallum, Frissell C. Walker, Jr., Sandra W. Howell Viewing will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, beginning at 11:30am at Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church, followed by funeral services at 1pm. The church is located at 8063 Ladysmith Rd. in Ruther Glen, VA 22546, (804) 448-1251. On Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10am-12noon, there will be a viewing and an informal Memorial Service at Calloway United Methodist, 5000 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207. The burial will follow at National Memorial Park Cemetery, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press on Apr. 26, 2013
Edward Leslie Hamm
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