ATHENS, Ga., - Mr. Ted Lewis Hammock, a longtime resident of Athens, Ga., died of heart failure on Sunday, February 15, 2009, in Athens.
Mr. Hammock was born in Thomson on February 9, 1932, to Franklin Joseph Hammock and Janie Ruth Williams Hammock. Mr. Hammock attended Thomson public schools and graduated from Thomson High School with honors. He was president of his class and valedictorian. He attended Oxford College of Emory University for one year on scholarship. He joined the U.S. Navy in January 1951 and served four years aboard ship during the Korean War while based in Japan and Korea. Mr. Hammock was honorably discharged from the Navy in December of 1954 and immediately enrolled at the University of Georgia in January 1955. He received a bachelor's degree in 1957, followed by a master's degree in 1958. He did considerable work toward his doctoral degree while employed by the university later in his varied careers.
Mr. Hammock was appointed Dean of Men and Instructor of Political Science at Troy State University in September 1958 and served in that capacity until September 1962, when he accepted the position of Coordinator of Legal and Governmental Training with the Institute of Law and Government at the University of Georgia. He served in this capacity for a number of years before joining the staff of the Institute of Higher Education to assist in the development of that institute. After a number of years with the institute, he was appointed Assistant Vice President for Instruction.
In 1977, Mr. Hammock joined the staff of newly-elected Congressman Doug Barnard as Administrative Assistant and served in this capacity for nine years. After a nine-year tenure with Congressman Barnard, Mr. Hammock returned to the University of Georgia for a brief period of time as Director of Special Projects in the Development Office.
In 1988, Mr. Hammock accepted a position with the National Science Center Foundation in Augusta. The President of the Foundation was Dr. Fred Davison, former President of the University of Georgia. The goal of the foundation was to develop a software program for teaching high school mathematics. Mr. Hammock enjoyed a nine year association with the foundation and a distinguished staff of computer scientists under the able direction of Dr. Davison.
Other activities included Gridiron, the Kiwanis Club, the Clarke County Democratic Committee, the Athens-Clarke Board of Elections and the Board of Lanier Gardens-Talmadge Terrace.
Survivors include his wife, Margie; son, Bobby, of Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Suzan and Josh of Sydney, Australia. Other survivors include a brother, Jimmy F. Hammock of Thomson and three sisters, Sarah H. Smith and Nancy H. Morris of Thomson and Shirley H. Davis of Augusta.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the University of Georgia Chapel. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be directed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter, 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite E101, Atlanta, GA 30338.