Leroy D. Hammond – Colonel , United States Army

September 15, 2005 – A memorial service for the late Colonel Leroy D. Hammond, whose association with Virginia Military Institute covers more than 50 years, has been scheduled for September 26 at the Virginia Military Institute. He died September 13, 2005, at the age of 69.


A 1957 graduate of the Institute, Colonel Hammond held important administrative posts at VMI for 20 years, retiring in the spring.

VMI Chaplain Colonel James Park and Colonel Hammond's family minister Reverend Paul R. Carter will conduct the memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at VMI's Cocke Hall. A reception will be held immediately following the memorial service in Moody Hall at VMI. Interment with military honors is scheduled for November 29, 2005, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Colonel Hammond served in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, for 28 years following his commissioning, including serving two tours in Vietnam. During his military career, he held key engineering posts in Europe, and was chief engineer for new construction and maintenance for U.S. forces in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.

Prior to joining the VMI staff in 1985, he had eight years of teaching and administrative experience in the Army and at the U.S. Military Academy, the University of Wyoming, and the Army Command and General Staff College.

During his 20-year career at VMI, Colonel Hammond served as executive assistant to the superintendent, headquarters executive officer, executive assistant to the provost and dean of the faculty, and director of construction and management. He also served in numerous ancillary roles through the years. Throughout his VMI career, Col. Hammond was deeply involved with cadets, serving as a Rat academic advisor for many years, as a company tactical officer, advisor to the VMI Glee Club, and organizing and leading the Officer Christian Fellowship club for cadets meeting at his home weekly. He always took a keen interest in all cadets' welfare and progress through VMI and beyond.

At his retirement in April, Colonel Hammond was awarded the VMI Meritorious Service Medal and a resolution of thanks from the VMI board of visitors. He had previously been awarded the Institute's Distinguished Service Award, the VMI Achievement Medal and the VMI Christian Service Award.

Survivors include his wife, Patti, his daughters, Kim Hammond, Heidi Payton and Sue Rizzo, his son, Christian, and their spouses and children.

In lieu of flowers, Colonel Hammond's family requests that memorial gifts be made to:

VMI Foundation Office
ATTN: Chaplain's Discretionary Fund
PO Box 932
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Spring Canyon Christian Conference Center
PO Box 2047
Buena Vista, Colorado 81211

Grace Presbyterian Church
506 S. Main Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450


Rockbridge Area Hospice
PO Box 948
Lexington, Virginia 24450

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