Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 25, 2015
Dr. JOSEPH P. HAMER
On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Joseph Hamer (97) passed away at home in Rockville,
with family by his side.
Joe was born in Washington DC and attended Central High School (1935), attained a
B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland and then a Ph.D. in Chemistry from
Penn State. While pursuing graduate study during the war, he headed a team at Penn
State tasked with creating new hydraulic fluids and lubricants usable at extreme
temperatures on aircraft and ships, and in artillery. Joe also oversaw the development
and production of damping fluid for bombsight gyroscopes.
After the war, he began a 31-year career with Esso, as a research chemist in New
Jersey, a marketing coordinator in New York, and finally as head of the Lubricants and
Specialties Division of Esso Europe in London, where the Hamers lived for twelve years.
His retirement years were spent with his large circle of family and friends in the
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mildred, his daughter Janice, son Kenneth (Helen),
grandson Jesse and sister Bernice Sandler, as well as his extended family.
"Today I'm only magnificent, but tomorrow I'll be better."
Graveside services were previously held. Memorial contributions in his name may be
made to the JSSA Hospice, 6123 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852, or to a charity of
your choice .
Arrangements under the direction of:
Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home
11800 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE | SILVER SPRING, MD 20904 | (301) 622-2290