Death of Peter Hammer

Peter HammerIt is with great sadness that I pass along news of the death of Peter Hammer. Here is the announcement I received from Endre Boros:

It is with deep sorrow that I have to inform you of the tragic death in a car accident of Professor Peter L. Hammer on December 27, 2006. His wife Anca, the only other passenger in the car, is recovering from minor injuries.

Below is information on the funeral for Dr. Hammer.

The funeral will take place on Sunday, December 31, 2006, at 1pm. The location is the Princeton Cemetery (29 Greenview Ave Princeton, NJ 08542) .

Telegraphs or cards can be sent to the family (wife Anca, and sons Alex and Max) at 19 Littlebrook Road North, Princeton, NJ 08540-4063.

Flowers can be sent to the Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Ave Princeton,
NJ 08542.

Directions to the Princeton Cemetery: From Nassau Street (the main street of Princeton, State Rt. 27) turn onto Vandeventer Avenue (opposite to Washington Avenue), after 0.2 mi (at the end of Vandeventer) turn left on Wiggins Street, and then immediately (128ft) right onto Greenview Avenue.

Peter has been an amazing force in our field, and an inspiration to all of us. His passing is a tremendous blow, both personally, and to the field.

Added January 4

Rutcor has a page on Prof. Hammer.  It includes the following:

His family collects stories, facts, thoughts, feelings, and even rumors about Peter L. Hammer. Please email your comments to:

Contribution in His Memory may be made to:

Post-Polio Health International (PHI)
4207 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108-2915

either by writing a check to Post-Polio Health International or directly through their website

Please, kindly mention “In Memory of Peter Hammer”.

4 thoughts on “Death of Peter Hammer”

  1. I am heartbroken at hearing this news from his secretary today. Although I did not know him in person, I have learned so much in the past 10 years from reading his research works on Boolean methods for OR, especially LAD, and so have countless many others.

    His tragic and untimely death has left a big void in my heart …

  2. I will miss Peter deeply. Kathie and I treasure the lovely evenings with him and Anca, most recently in Montreal last May. Knowing their pride in their sons and grandchildren, we’ve been trying to get us all together at a beach for years.
    Thirty years ago when I was in Europe for the year and barely knew him personally he said, “Take my Volvo. I won’t be needing it.” I did for the year, and doubled the mileage on it, without even needing to get insurance.
    I’ve never known a greater gentleman, or person who, as we all know, has worked more selflessly for combinatorics and optimization

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