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Roger Gerrard Hammond

3/30/1920 ~ 6/15/2008

Roger Gerrard Hammond, a gifted artist, cartoonist and advertising executive whose talent led him from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, died on Father's Day in Santa Monica. He was 88 years old and suffered from heart disease.A native of Salt Lake City, Roger was born on March 30, 1920, the son of Helma Gerrard and Wendell Blair Hammond and the grandson of James T. Hammond, Utah's first secretary of state. As a student in Davis County schools, he submitted cartoons and other drawings to The Tribune Junior, a supplement to The Salt Lake Tribune. At Davis High School he was chosen as a student judge, in part perhaps because his father was a lower court judge in Bountiful. Roger's role was to preside over students involved in rule infractions.

At the University of Utah, Roger majored in art and business, was elected president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and was named editor of Humbug, a humor magazine. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II, received basic training at Notre Dame University, and rose to the rank of Ensign. He then began his professional career in advertising, serving agencies in several cities before becoming a founder in Group West Inc. on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, a firm specializing in art for movie posters, ads for newspapers and magazines and billboards. He retired as president of the firm.

Although Los Angeles was home to Roger for more than five decades, he continued close ties to relatives in Utah and elsewhere, by attending Hammond family reunions and making frequent trips to visit relatives and friends.

Roger is survived by his daughter, Jill (Clark) Adams of Torrance, CA; a son, Bruce, of West Los Angeles; daughter, Nancy (Sean) McNeil of Beaverton, OR; grandchildren

Ashley, Lindsay and Hayley Adams of Torrance; and Mike, Megan and Kevin McNeil of Oregon; and his former wife, June Thomas of San Pedro, CA. He also is survived by his loving sister, Nonie (Hays) Gorey, of Salt Lake City; and nieces and nephews, Hays, Jr. (Suzanne), DeAnn Barrigar (Larry), Tom (Annette) and Susan Gorey.

Funeral services were conducted on Sat., June 21, 2008 at Westwood (CA) Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of which Roger was an active member. In Salt Lake City, friends may call at 1 p.m. on Sat., June 28, at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Burial will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.