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Date published: 4/26/2013

Edward L. Hamm

Edward Leslie Hamm Sr., 96, a distinguished architect, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013. He was the youngest child of Owen W. and Minnie Maddox Hamm.

A graduate of Huntington High School, Leslie was employed during the summers at the shipyard where he worked on building the aircraft carrier Enterprise. He graduated from Hampton Institute (University) in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in building construction, a subject he taught while working at Manassas (Industrial) Regional High School for the next two years.

Leslie served as a corporal in the Army Quartermaster Training Regiment. From 1946 to 1960 he worked for private architectural firms R.C. Archer & Associates, and Mills, Petticord & Mills, both located in Washington, D.C.

In 1960, Leslie joined the federal government General Services Administration and served in the following capacities: project review architect (John F. Kennedy Cultural Center for the Performing Arts); project coordinator (Federal Triangle Project); acting chief of the architectural section; and office of construction management coordinator on GSA demonstration projects that were designed to demonstrate environmental enhancement and energy conservation. At the time of his retirement from GSA in 1977, Leslie was serving as the chief architect and energy conservation coordinator for the Professional Services Division.

During the Civil Rights movement, both Leslie and his wife, Dorothy, devoted their talents working timelessly to secure equal rights and a quality education for their children. As a result they were both named as plaintiffs in several lawsuits.

Leslie was an avid Redskins fan who also enjoyed singing tenor for several years, performing throughout the Washington area with the mass choir known as the Menotones and Trebletones. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Arlington Interchurch Committee on Housing for Low Income Families; the Arlington Council on Human Relations; the Northern Virginia Fair Housing Association; the County Advisory Board on Health and Welfare; and the NAACP for more than 50 years.

After retirement, Leslie and Dorothy spent time building their new home in Caroline County, which he also designed. While living at Lake Caroline, they both joined Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church.

Leslie's life experiences taught him to always be truthful, dependable, trustworthy and punctual.

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