John Brewin Hammond

John Brewin Hammond, 86, passed away peacefully Jan. 6, 2021 at his home in Henderson, Nevada. Born in Phillack, Cornwall, England April 5, 1934, he was the son of William George Hammond of Hayle, Cornwall and Norance M.E. Williams of St. Erth, Cornwall.

John will be remembered for his passion for airplanes, painting, music, sports, and lively conversation.  He sought out the irony in all situations, applied sarcasm liberally, relished in being underestimated, and enjoyed levying witty remarks with a small smile. He was a lifelong painter of landscapes, portraits, and seascapes, using oil, pencil, pastel, and watercolor media. His favorite subjects were the Cornish coastline and, later, the desert vistas around Las Vegas.  He played soccer and cricket from a young age. He played on the first team at Penzance Grammar School in Cornwall, England for both sports. Later, he would play for and captain the Hollywood Cricket Club in Southern California in the 1960s through the 1980s, where he was the recipient of the Rodney Soher Cup award.  He also enjoyed playing golf tremendously and had a habit of collecting more golf clubs than he would admit he needed.  Military marching band and classical music would always be on rotation at his home.

Professionally, John was known for his broad spectrum of aerospace engineering experience in the areas of structure analysis and testing.  John was educated at Bristol College of Technology, earning a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1956 and becoming a chartered engineer.  He designed aircraft, helicopters, missiles, and satellites. He started at Bristol Aeroplane Company and British Aircraft Corp in Bristol, England and performed design work for the Concorde supersonic passenger jet. During this time, he completed service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers branch of the British Army.

After emigrating to the USA in 1965, John worked on numerous programs, including the Gulfstream II jet, Delta rocket booster, L1011 commercial jetliner, and DSCS III satellite, with Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, and General Electric, respectively.  In 1979, he joined the Lockheed Corporation Advanced Development Projects, better known as the “Skunk Works,” becoming the Chief Structures Engineer. He supported multiple classified projects including the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter and the proposed YF-22 advanced tactical fighter. He was most proud of his efforts to help build a winning aircraft design for what was to become the F-22 Raptor. He was presented with the Aircraft Design Award in 1990 for his work on the F-117A. He retired from aerospace engineering in 1999.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be interred at a later date.  He is survived by his children Sara, Gareth, and Kendra, as well as eight grandchildren.  From all who knew you, you have our love.  Rest in Peace.

 

In John’s memory, the Hammond family requests donations be made to:

St. Joseph’s Indian School www.stjo.org

The Foundation for Assisting Seniors www.foundationassistingseniors.org

13 Comments. Leave new

  • Ann & Jim Redstone
    January 19, 2021 1:20 am

    Ann and David Flavell emigrated to California in1963. Shortly afterwards we first met John when David joined the Hollywood Cricket Club.
    We have lots of enjoyable memories of that time including not only the cricket matches but also meeting up with John & Gertraude for many associated club social events.
    Our thoughts are with Gertraude and her family at this distressing time and hope that happier memories of times gone by will help in their remembrance of John.
    RIP
    Ann and Jim Redstone.

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    • Gertraude Hammond
      January 20, 2021 12:43 am

      Dear Ann and Jim,

      thank you for your kind words. – I remember fondly the goods times. Love, Gertraude

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  • Ann & Jim Redstone
    January 19, 2021 1:24 am

    Ann and David Flavell emigrated to California in1963. Shortly afterwards we first met John when David joined the Hollywood Cricket Club.
    We have lots of enjoyable memories of that time including not only the cricket matches but also meeting up with John & Gertraude for many associated club social events.
    Our thoughts are with Gertraude and her family at this distressing time and hope that happier memories of times gone by will help in their remembrance of John.

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    • Gertraude Hammond
      January 20, 2021 12:37 am

      Dear Ann and Jim

      thank you for your kind words. I remember the good times at the Cricket field, preparing the (almost) English tea, slicing watermelons and placing sausage rolls on plates. It was a good time. I truly remember the time fondly. Love, Gertraude

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    • Gareth Hammond
      January 20, 2021 5:02 am

      Thank you for your memories of John. We appreciate you sharing them.

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  • Tatjana Eggink
    January 19, 2021 1:28 pm

    I only met your Dad a few times. Once in Atlanta, when your mom and he hosted my mom for her 60th birthday party. He was a jovial British humoured host. Another time, he and your Mom were looking for a home in AZ. Cliff and i showed them around, but where did we eat? In a pub. Bangers and Mash. It seems your Dad, despite his many years in the USA, never left Cornwall and England, especially not in his heart and soul. Remember him there, smiling a wry smile, painting.

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    • Gareth Hammond
      January 20, 2021 4:34 am

      Thank you Tatjana for remembering John. I recall visiting your mother and Charlie with our family numerous times in Georgia. We were saddened by Charlie’s passing. You all have been such good friends to our family. Hope that you all are well.

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  • Christine Roberts Legerski
    January 19, 2021 5:47 pm

    We were close friends with John. My Father, John Roberts, played cricket with John for years on the Hollywood cricket club and our family socialized with him on a regular basis. After my fathers death,John was there for my mother Joyce and my brother and I. I always enjoyed spending time with John. I will always have fond memories of John and all he did with my family. We kept in contact through the years via phone and letters. I was wondering why I hadn’t heard from him the year at Christmas and found his obituary. I can’t tell you how upset I was to hear of his passing. I send out our condolences to his family and understand your loss. He was a good man and friend.

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    • Gareth Hammond
      January 20, 2021 4:30 am

      Thank you Chris for your kind words. I remember visiting your mom and her lovely parakeets! She was such a great friend to our family as well.

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  • I met John at Lockheed while working on a proposal to develop an Advanced Tactical Fighter for the DOD. Lockheed won the competition and went on to develop and produce the F-22. I worked for John on that program for the next 6 years during which I had firsthand experience watching him make many vital, game changing technical contributions to the development of the YF -22 and F-22. He also came up with solutions to several major problems that threatened stoppage of the program. He was and outstanding technical leader in the industry; at Lockheed top executives frequently sought his advice on technical issues as well as organizational and teaming strategies with other companies. And John was always ready with crisp, confident answers.
    John and I kept in touch through the years with lengthy phone calls to reminisce about our time at Lockheed, updates on his children and the current state of everything. He was after all, a lively, entertaining raconteur.
    I offer my condolences to his family, he was a gifted technical leader, and it was my good fortune to know him and have him as a close friend

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  • Richard Rainen
    January 23, 2021 8:43 pm

    I just found out John had passed from Rod Simenz. We all worked together at Lockheed on the YF-22. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. As a much younger engineer back then, I was impressed by his extensive knowledge about aircraft structural design. I also remember how energetic he was, working long hours and weekends back then, to get the prototype aircraft in the sky and eventually help win the contract. He was a great role model for the younger generation at the time. He will be missed. Im sorry for your loss. He left an incredible mark on the aviation industry.

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    • Gareth Hammond
      January 28, 2021 3:37 am

      Dear Richard,
      Thank you for your note of sympathy. I am glad that John was a role model in your eyes.

      Reply

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