Michael William Hammond
1945 - 2019
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Michael W. Hammond died suddenly on June 2, 2019, at the age of 74, from cardiac arrest. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Judy, daughters Sara Hammond and Jennifer Agliozzo (Joe), grandsons Eric and Christopher Agliozzo. Born to Charles and Margaret (Petsch) Hammond. Loving brother to Lori Ann Willet, Mark Hammond, and Kathleen McGhee. Uncle to niece and nephews.

Mike was born and raised in the South Bay, spending his childhood in Palos Verdes. After graduating Palos Verdes High School (Class of 1963), he enlisted in the US Army and spent the majority of his duty in Germany.

Upon returning home, he attended El Camino College and UCLA. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude, at UCLA. GO BRUINS!!

His first career choice was in sales and marketing, working for McCulloch Corporation, G.T. Rush & Associates and CTI Industries.

Coming from a family of educators, he found his true passion as a teacher and as an Education Administrator with LAUSD. He began his career as a Special Education Instructor at Banning High School, later chairing the Special Ed department.

Later, he completed his degree in Education Administration at Cal State Dominguez Hills. He worked as an Assistant Principal for Curtiss Middle School, Crenshaw High School, ending his career at LA.C.E.S., retiring in 2009. After retirement, he substituted for administrators on leave throughout the district. Michael was thoroughly loved by both peers and students.

Mike, (aka "Grandpa", "Mayor of Pine Ave.") LOVED LIFE, his family, friends, neighbors, UPS drivers, mechanics at his favorite bike shop (Helen's), his mail carriers, local pharmacists – EVERYONE! He loved to take the whole family on trips – camping at Carpinteria, watching the whales in Maui, cycling through France and England, wintertime rides in Palm Springs and reading his favorite books by a pool. He also loved to follow racing. Le Tour de France, Formula One, Indy – anything on a race track! After designing and building his beautiful outdoor kitchen, his favorite activity was having ALL family celebrations and holidays barbecuing in the backyard. It was truly his most Happy Place as he welcomed all to his home!

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Aug. 8, 2019.
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