Dr. William G. Hamm
Dr. William Gordon Hamm, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2018. Born March 11, 1925, in South Williamsport, he was the son of William George Hamm and Eva Bower Hamm. He was predeceased by his wife, Vivian Reitmeyer Hamm and his sister, Evelyn Hamm Campbell formerly of Akron, Ohio.
He is survived by his children, Barbara Hamm, of Williamsport, Gordon Hamm, of The Villages, Fla., Lawrence Hamm, of South Williamsport, and Patricia Hamm, of Mechanicsburg.
He attended South Williamsport High School. He began his pre-med studies at Dickinson Junior College in 1943 and then earned his B.S. degree in 1945 from Muhlenberg College in Allentown. He received his M.D. from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia in 1948. Bill was a member of the Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity.
Bill married childhood friend and Registered Nurse, Vivian Reitmeyer in 1948. His medical internship followed at The Williamsport Hospital from 1948-1949. After completing his medical training, he committed to the U.S. Navy. From 1949-52 assignments as a medical officer took the couple to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Va., and the Naval Ordinance Test Station in China Lake, Ca.
In 1952, Vivian and Bill returned to Williamsport where he practiced private general family medicine from 1952 to 1970. During this time, they raised their four children. Bill regularly left the home during meals and overnight to make medical house calls to tend to his patients. In 1970, he retired from private medical practice to join the Emergency Care Physician Associates and staff at The Willamsport Hospital Emergency Room on a full-time basis. He received special Emergency Medical training at Meier Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., and was certified by and became a Charter Member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He retired from full-time work in the E.R. in 1989, but remained on an additional 11 years on a part-time basis, with full retirement from his medical work in 1998. Dr. Hamm was a member of the American Medical Association, the Lycoming County Medical Society, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Among Bill’s numerous interests were his love of music and he enjoyed playing the piano and organ. He began taking piano lessons at age 5 and continued throughout his school years. As a young man, he studied the pipe organ on the Moller pipe organ at Christ Church in Williamsport for six years under organist John Zorian. He played the organ for several years at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Williamsport in the 1970’s.
Dr. Hamm was a co-founder of the Williamsport Bridge Club and acquired a Life Master status from the American Contract Bridge League in 1972. He remained an avid bridge player throughout his life. He became interested in Amateur Radio and built much of his equipment for use as a ham radio operator for many years.
Bill and Vivian made multiple trips to Europe to visit sites associated with their favorite classical composers, Bach, Mozart and Wagner. Bill had mastered the German language and he used it whenever he had a chance. In earlier years, they traveled during summers to the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lexon, Mass., to hear the Boston Symphony, to New York City for the Metropolitan Opera performances and to Bethlehem, Pa., to hear the Bach Choir.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at the Church of St. Ann’s 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, with the Rev. John J. Victoria as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport. A viewing will be held for friends and family at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Road, Williamsport on Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m.
The family would like to thank Dr. Lee Ciccarelli, The Williamsport Home and The Susquehanna Health Hospice for the wonderful care provided to our father. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gatehouse Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Willamsport, PA 17701 or to the charity of your choice.