Hugh Buford Hammet G’66

Hugh Buford Hammet G’66 died on December 31, 2003, in Solomons, Maryland.

Born on December 3, 1928, in Lexington, KY, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, attaining the rank of first lieutenant and being awarded the Bronze Star. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1955, he taught mathematics at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, from 1963 to 1995 and for 26 years coached the tennis teams for both boys and girls. He also coached the girls’ basketball team. In 1966, he received a master of arts degree from Bowdoin under the National Science Foundation program of graduate study in mathematics. He also taught at an Army school for dependents at Hamberg, Germany, and at Indian River Junior College in Fort Pierce, FL. As a member of the Lazarus House Church in Washington, DC, he served the homeless and the poor in that area and abroad, traveling to Thailand and South Africa in the 1980s to help refugees. For more than 20 years he traveled to Nicaragua to assist communities there. He was for some years executive director of Jubilee Housing, Inc. in Washington. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Scobee Hammet, whom he married in 1954; two sons, Robert D. Hammet of Winchester, KY, and Glenn E. Hammet of London, England; a daughter, Elizabeth E. Emmons of Portland; a brother, Lawrence Hammet of Paducah, KY; and five grandsons.