Thomas HammondAugust 9th, 2011
Thomas Sinclair Hammond, 67, of Jefferson City, died Thursday, August 4, 2011, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born on April 23, 1944, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Ralph Wiltson and Kathryn Ellen Sinclair Hammond. He was married on July 20, 1968, in Jefferson City, to Jeriann Stricker, who survives at the home. Tom was a 1962 graduate of Jefferson City High School, attended William Jewell College, and received the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Lincoln University in 1968. He retired in 1995 as Assistant Director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Missouri Department of Employment Security, where he had been employed for 28 years. During high school he was employed with the Missouri Highway Patrol Dispatch Center, where he was one of the last Morse Code operators. Known throughout the world by the call sign of N0SS, Tom was a Federally-licensed Amateur Radio operator holding the highest license grade of Extra Class. His specialty was the International Morse Code which he employed on a daily and nightly basis at a proficiency level in excess of fifty words per minute. During the 53 years of his ham radio career, he personally conducted numerous licensing classes which resulted in hundreds of individuals of all ages obtaining their Amateur Radio licenses. Experienced ham operators with technical expertise frequently sought out Tom Hammond's advice for resolution of complex electronic problems. He was a life member/50 year member of the American Radio Relay League and a member by invitation of the First Class Operators Club (FOC). He was a member of the Kansas City DX Club; International DX Foundation; CW Operators Club; Amateur Radio Emergency Services, and for many years was coordinator of the local Certified Volunteer Examiner program. He was also an avid contester who received numerous awards in various competitive categories. A past president and current Trustee of the Mid-MO Amateur Radio Club, Tom was instrumental in keeping the club alive during a period of transition during the 1970s. Beginning with the company's founding in 1998, he served as a designer, trouble-shooter, and Beta-Tester for Elecraft, Inc., of Aptos, California, a manufacturer of high-quality amateur radio equipment. Tom was a 50 year blood donor for the American Red Cross, and was Reunion Coordinator for Jefferson City High School Class of 1962, which has continuously met on a monthly basis since their 25 class reunion in 1987. A little-known pastime was his enjoyment of Yo-Yo's acquired since winning second-place at the age of 12 in the 1956 Jefferson City Yo-Yo competition. Other survivors include three daughters, Cristina (Claes) Lillig, Columbia, Mo., Katherine (Todd) McDonald, Columbia, Mo., and Nancy (Shawn) Pope, Jefferson City; four grandchildren, Evelyn Lillig, Toby Lillig, Zeke Pope, and Xander Pope; and four cousins, Anne Ruthven, Bandera, Texas, Malcolm (Mick) Ruthven, Sausalito, Calif., John Hammond, Chesterfield, Mo. and Jane Hammond, Boulder, Colo. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kent W. Trimble officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday, August 12, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Radio Relay League Scholarship Fund, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111; Capital City Chapter of the American Red Cross, 431 E. McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101; or a charity of the donor's choice. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family, may do so at www.dulletrimble.com.