William Hammel (1957 - 2017)

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Dr. Bill Hammel climbed the highest mountains, fished Alaska's most remote streams and was always looking toward the next adventure, died Oct. 10, 2017, at Alaska Regional Hospital after a brief illness of cancer. He was 60.
Bill was possessed of high energy, a quick wit and sense of fun and a searing intelligence that he brought to his many roles as husband, father, brother, colleague and as a loyal friend.
He was born in Oakland, Neb., and graduated from Ralston High School. After getting his physics undergraduate degree at Colorado College, he earned his Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed an anesthesia residency at University of Utah.
Bill loved to ski, hunt, climb and fish, and fell in love with the wild outdoors of the great state of Alaska, where he settled to practice. While heli-skiing in Valdez, Alaska, he met his wife, Elise Hsieh, as both played with their dogs. They raised two sons, Harry and Cole, as well as three energetic Drahthaars.
Along the way, Bill climbed Denali and worked there on a project to study altitude sickness. He was part of two expeditions on Mount Everest. He loved to hunt pheasants, ducks and quail in and near his home state, and was an excellent guide for dozens of friends and relatives on float, fishing and hunting trips on remote Alaska rivers and the Kenai. His last hunt was in pursuit of Dall sheep, with his son, Harry.
Bill shared his love of travel, and his dimples, with his son, Cole, and was always planning the next great trip, setting the lineup and organizing his gear to be ready for any contingency.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Ruth Hammel of Omaha, Neb. Besides his immediate family, he is survived by a sister, P.K. of Madison, Wis.; and a brother, Paul of Lincoln, Neb.; Julie Wees-Beutler of Omaha, Neb.; as well as numerous relatives, friends, neighbors and fishing, skiing and hunting buddies.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2017