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Vera Hammond

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Vera Debra Hammond passed peacefully on June 19th, 2011. Vera was born June 10, 1916 in Chicago Illinois, to Fanny and Alexander Topper.
She graduated high school where she was a National Honor Society student all four years. She attended the University of Illinois also earning an academic honor. She later completed her degree from the Art Institute with a BFA in Industrial Design. Vera exhibited with the National Ceramic Show from Alfred University and the One Man Show in Chicago at Findley Galleries on Michigan Boulevard. She received Honorable Mention from the Art Institute on graduation. During the second World War she worked at Armour Research Institute in Chicago doing research on ceramic materials. Vera met her husband , William Hammond, at Armour Research and they later moved to San Antonio where Bill was the first Director of research at Southwest Research Foundation. Vera took a job with the San Antonio public schools teaching art. She also taught at Trinity University. Later they moved to Spokane, Washington where Bill was Superintendent of Northwest Plant and Research while Vera taught at a Catholic girls school. Their only daughter , Lynn, was born in Spokane, Washington.
They eventually moved back to Houston, Texas in 1956. Vera taught in the Spring Branch Independent School District and finished her teaching career at St. John's Episcopal School.
She was the loving sister to one brother, Lester Topper, and one sister, Elaine Topper Gerson, both pre-deceased. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn K Hammond and her granddaughter , Alexandra L Davis, two nieces and one brother-in-law. A family memorial was held on July 3, 2011.

Published in Houston Chronicle on July 12, 2011
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