Jane Hammer

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Jane Ross Hammer, born on April 9, 1916 and died in Prince George's County, Maryland, on February 20, 2013. She was a musician, educator, author and activist. She received her B.A. and M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and undertook advanced study at Radcliff/Harvard. She was a professor of philosophy at Spelman College in Atlanta from 1946 to 1958. She was a violinist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1947 to 1952. She was the editor of two books on the philosophy of Horace Williams, and the author of a 1997 book on the life of Richard Cromwell. She was a leader of efforts to desegregate the Atlanta public schools in the 1950's and the 1960's. She was active in the League of Women Voters in Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Washington, D.C. She was a long-time environmental advocate and Democratic Party supporter. She was married to Philip G. Hammer, 1937 - 2000. She is survived by sons Philip, Jr., Thomas and Michael; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be held at Ivy Hil Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.
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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 26, 2013
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