Howard Hammond

[ Age 81 ] A Baltimore City Community College administrator, he helped plan the school's Inner Harbor campus.

As a New England headmaster, his son Steven said, "he was very firm but employed a velvet touch."

December 21, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter

Howard William Hammond, a Baltimore City Community College financial administrator who served as the school's interim president in the 1970s, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 14 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 81.

Born in Nashua, N.H., he began studies at Tufts University. But his studies were interrupted by his service in the Army. He was assigned to the Galapagos Islands during World War II and attained the rank of sergeant. After the war, he completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts and also received a master's degree in education at the New England college.

Known as "Bill," he began his career in education as a teacher and soon became a principal and headmaster at the New Salem Academy in Massachusetts.

"He was a good leader," said his son, Stephen K. Hammond of Salisbury. "He was very firm but employed a velvet touch. I knew it was in my best interest to do what he told me to do, but I also knew he loved me very much."

In 1957, he became the assistant superintendent of schools in Stratford, Conn. From 1961 to 1964, he was superintendent of schools in Johnston, R.I.

He was recruited by the administration of then-Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes in 1964 to be executive secretary of the advisory council to the State Board of Public Works, where Mr. Hammond created long-range plans for public education.

"He was a serious man who had goals and expectations for those who worked with him," said his wife of 23 years, the former Margurita Mazza. "He was also witty, with a dry sense of humor. There were times when people didn't realize just when he was kidding them."

In 1967, he joined what was then called the Community College of Baltimore as its director of institutional research. He worked closely with Dr. Harry Bard, the school's longtime president, and helped with the planning of the school's second campus at the Inner Harbor, along East Lombard Street.

From 1969 to 1976, he was the school's dean of finance and developed the community college's budgets. During his time at the school, its budget grew from $3 million to $25 million. After Dr. Bard's death, Mr. Hammond served as interim president from 1976 to 1977, and he served as acting president in 1982.

From 1977 to 1987, he was vice president for administration. He was responsible for the buildings at the Liberty and Harbor campuses, and he ran student financial aid programs and information systems. He also directed budget presentations before city, state and federal officials.

Mr. Hammond served on the board of Baltimore International College and was chairman of the Baltimore Radio Reading Service.

In 1987, he retired from Baltimore City Community College as vice president of administration.

In his free time, Mr. Hammond sailed a 36-foot Coronado on the Chesapeake Bay for weeks at a time during the summer. He was also an avid reader of newspapers.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Mark W. Hammond of Brewster, Mass.; a daughter, Candace L. Hammond of Brewster, Mass.; a stepson, Troy S. Preston of Frederick; and eight grandchildren. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

Services were held yesterday in Timonium.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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