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Lloyd Guy Hammel Jr.(1923 - 2014)

Lloyd Guy Hammel, Jr.

Lloyd Hammel died of heart disease on March 29, 2014 at the age of 91. Born in Lafayette, Indiana, he attended Ford Grade School and Jefferson High School. He enrolled in Purdue University in September 1941. His education was interrupted by World War II. As an artillery forward observer, he received the Air Medal for his role in directing the pre-invasion bombardment on the northern coast of Mindanao, in the Philippines. After spending nine months in the occupation forces in South Korea, Hammel returned to Purdue to graduate with a BS degree in mathematics and economics and to marry his college sweetheart Mary Ann Click of West Lafayette, Indiana. After finishing Law School at the University of Michigan, Lloyd and Mary Ann moved to Salem, Oregon, where all four of their children were born.

Hammel joined the active army reserve in 1949 as part of the 104th (Ore-Wash) Res. Div. He loved the smell of black powder and spent many summer camps at the Yakima Firing Center and Fort Sill Oklahoma. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, Hammel retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1966.

Hammel was an Assistant to the Oregon Attorney General for fifteen years and was very active in civic affairs, including five years on the Salem Planning Commission, two terms on the Salem School Board and service on the Salem YMCA Board of Directors, culminating in his selection as Salem's Junior First Citizen in 1958. Active in Toastmasters International, Hammel won numerous speech contests and acquired a well-earned reputation as a scalding critic and contest judge. Hammel was active in the Jaycees, serving as local President, State Parliamentarian and District Vice-President. In 1967 Governor McCall appointed Hammel as Chairman of the federally funded State Comprehensive Health Planning Commission, a position he held for five years and resulted in Oregon being the first state to complete its Plan.

In addition to his litigation duties in the Attorney General's office, Lloyd served as Chief Counsel to the Oregon Public Utility Commissioner for eight years before accepting a position in 1966 as General Attorney with Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company in Portland. With the advent of the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to break up the Bell System, Hammel was transferred to Seattle in 1977 and became responsible for all antitrust litigation directed against the company. Hammel remained with the surviving company, US West, until he retired in 1990. Hammel was admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was the legal liaison representative of US West to Bellcore, the surviving branch of the AT&T/Bell Laboratories, which was transferred to the Baby Bells. Hammel was active in the antitrust, public utility, and administrative law sections of the Oregon and Washington Bar Associations as well as the ABA. Retirement was short lived. Hammel immediately accepted a position as an adjunct professor in the University of Washington School of Business, from which he retired in 1998.

Hammel had many interests outside the law. He served two terms as a Clyde Hill City Council member and two years on Bellevue School Closure Committees. Hammel traveled to all fifty states, twenty-seven foreign countries spread over four continents and taught in Spain, Poland and China. Hammel started running when he was six years old and didn't stop until he was eighty. He enjoyed the Washington Athletic Club's "Run for Lunch Bunch" and the "Hash House Harriers" running in Ghangzhou, China. Hammel ran in over twenty-five countries including a "victory" lap around the Olympic track in Athens, Greece. It was estimated that he and his racquetball partner played over four thousand games over a period of twenty years. Hammel loved the outdoors and was a backpack hiker and camper, rose gardener, chef and a fiercely competitive bridge player. A self-taught student of religion, Hammel led bible education classes and was for many years a certified lay speaker in the Methodist Church. In 2009 he spearheaded the effort to host Tent City 4, a homeless encampment, at First United Methodist Church of Bellevue.

Hammel was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann, who died of colon cancer in 1986. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen Lane, and his four children, Marta Hammel of Portland, Oregon; Sharon Hammel of Seattle; Paula Stricker of Poudre Canyon, Colorado; Lloyd Hammel III, of Corbett, Oregon and his step-son Christopher Rahm of Seattle, as well as his nieces, Kingsley Click of Salem, Oregon and Michele Marchetti of Destin, Florida, his nephew William Click of Upton, Kentucky, seven grandchildren, five great-nieces and one great-grandson.

A memorial service to celebrate Hammel's long and happy life was held at Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Bellevue First United Methodist Church. Hammel has requested that memorial gifts be made to the church choir.

Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 31 to Apr. 6, 2014
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