Guy Hammond Obituary

Hammond, Guyton Bowers

Guyton Bowers Hammond, 85, died peacefully at his home in Crozet, Virginia, on Sunday, May 1, 2016. He had been treated for cancer for eighteen months. A professor emeritus of religious studies at Virginia Tech, Hammond had devoted his career of thirty-eight years to teaching undergraduate students and research on the theologian Paul Tillich. This research led to the publication of three books and numerous articles on Tillich’s thought. He was a member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence and served two non-consecutive terms as president of the faculty senate. During his last year at Tech, he chaired the committee charged with the task of creating the Center for Studies in the Humanities. In 1996 he participated in a seminar at Yale University as a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Hammond was a founding member of the North American Paul Tillich Society and served a term as president.

After moving to the Charlottesville area, he was a founding member of Clergy and Laity United for Peace and Justice. An enthusiastic golfer and tennis player, Hammond sang in choirs and oratorio societies during all of his adult life. Singing was an essential part of his life.

Guy was born November 7, 1930, in Birmingham, Alabama. After attending Birmingham public schools, he graduated from Washington and Lee University. He then spent a year at the University of Utrecht as a Fulbright scholar. He attended Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky. and was ordained to ministry in the Southern Baptist Church. After one year he transferred to Yale Divinity School where he graduated in 1955. He concluded his academic studies at Vanderbilt University where he received the Ph.D. in theology.

He is survived by Jean Love Hammond, his wife of fifty-seven years; two sons, Bruce G. Hammond of Beijing, and Mitchell L. Hammond of Victoria, British Columbia; a daughter-in-law, Susan Lewis Hammond of Victoria, British Columbia; two grandchildren, Zachary and Abigail Hammond; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph L. and Edith Van Keuren Hammond; three nieces and five grandnieces and nephews. Guy valued the host of friends who enriched his life. He cherished his family who are grateful for the generous care of the Philips Cancer Center, especially Dr. Mark Prichard, and to the Coronary Care Unit at the University of Virginia Health Center.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 22, 2016, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Virginia Tech Foundation, 902 Price’s Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or to the Music Ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.Cremation has been provided by Hill and Wood Funeral Home of Charlottesville.