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Age 75, of Fox Chapel and Tucson, AZ, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. He was the son of the late Alvin and Verna Meyer Hammerschmidt of Elmhurst, IL. He was predeceased by his son, Kirk Edward Hammerschmidt; brother, Richard Hammerschmidt; and sister, Carol H. Alcorn. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, D.J. Slocum Hammerschmidt; a son, Stuart Gard Hammerschmidt, of Cranberry Township; two daughters, Amy Hammerschmidt Oliver of Aspinwall and Alison Hammerschmidt Cockerill of Winchester, IN; seven grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Tyler Hammerschmidt, Matthew and Emma Oliver, and Jacob, Emily and Julie Cockerill; and a niece, Elizabeth Alcorn of Branford, CT. John graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in business and earned his law degree from Stanford University. He was a member of the Bar Association in the states of California and Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Stanford, he joined the law firm of Morgan, Beauzay and Holmes in San Jose and Palo Alto, where he worked for three years. In 1967, John accepted a job with U.S. Steel Corporation and moved to Pittsburgh. There he worked for 32 years, most recently serving as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. He also served as an Elder of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and on the board at Longue Vue Club and the Fox Chapel District Association. John enjoyed golf, duplicate bridge, gardening, fishing, cooking and most especially, his grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held September 13 at 11 a.m. at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Rd., where the family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Summer's Best Two Weeks, 111 Lake Gloria Road, Boswell, PA 15531, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church or Forbes Hospice. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013
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