Gerald E. Hammond M.D., 81, of Highland, Ill., born July 27, 1932, in Centralia, Ill., died at 4:05 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland, Ill.
Dr. Hammond graduated from Centralia High School in 1950, Wabash College in 1954, and the University of Illinois
Medical School in 1958. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He interned at St. Louis City Hospital for 14 months and started practicing medicine at Chester, Ill. After two and a half years, he moved to Highland in 1962 to join Highland Physicians (Hediger/Hammond medical practice). He opened his own practice in 1982 and retired in 1987 after a ruptured brain aneurysm. In 1977 he became interested in computers and enjoyed them for many many years. He also enjoyed photography - he developed his own color prints in 1947. He also enjoyed hunting, golf, fishing, firearms (rifle and hand guns - he loaded his own ammunition). He had served as chief of staff at St. Joseph Hospital for four terms, director of the City of Highland Board of Health, Highland Blood Bank' and was attending physician for Highland's Disaster Drills. Prior to his retirement he had delivered over 800 babies.
Additionally, he had been a member of the Madison County Medical Society, the Southern Illinois Medical Association, the Western Illinois Foundation for Medical Care, the Illinois State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Highland Pistol and Rifle Club and Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Ellsworth and Mabel Madeline, nee Bronson, Hammond.
Surviving are his wife, M. Rosalyn Marron Hammond, nee Beller, whom he married on July 19, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nev.; children, Mark D. Hammond of Plano, Texas, Gerald E. (Carol) Hammond Jr., of Mission Viejo, Calif., Gregory M. Hammond of Memphis, Tenn., Stephanie M. (Brice) Buches of Lakewood, Colo., Christopher S. (Rima) Hammond of Tarrytown, N.Y., and Natalie M. (Mark) La Rue of Olathe, Kan.; stepchildren, George E. (Phyllis) Marron III of Highland, Ill., M. Rondalyn Marron of Spring Lake, Mich., Gwain E. (Lori) Marron of Caseyville, Ill., and Glenn E. (Beth) Marron of Franklin, Tenn.; 24 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation or the
. Expressions of sympathy may be made online by visiting www.spengel-boulanger.com
Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, Ill., with Father Charles A. Edwards officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Highland, Ill.
SPENGEL-BOULANGER FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.