Glenn
Dr. Glenn H. Hamor was born in Kootenai , Idaho on May 14, 1920 . His family soon moved to Missoula, Montana where he grew up fly fishing and hiking. Glenn had an interest in both reading and chemistry from an early age. He set off a stink bomb in the school science lab from instructions he read in a book he checked out from the local public library. Glenn spent some of his boyhood summers on Aunt Carrie and Uncle Mac's cattle ranch near Browning, Montana, where he learned how to fly fish and how to rope a calf. Other summers were spent at the North Fork of the Flathead River on the Hamor family homestead which is now part of Glacier National Park . Glenn's father, Samuel Clark Hamor, and his mother, Della Mae Shoop, homesteaded the land in 1912. Glenn studied medical chemistry at the University of Montana and graduated in 1941 with a pharmacy degree. He worked as a registered pharmacist in Ennis, Montana until duty in World War II called. Glenn served as a medical technician in the U.S. Army 13th Airborne Division in France . Although he was fed steak dinners several times in preparation for his glider being dropped on Berlin, Glenn's was the only one of the 5 airborne divisions not to see combat. After the war, Glenn received a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Montana and began his teaching career there in 1947. Glenn married Eileen Deegan on September 7, 1947 . Eileen also grew up in Missoula and graduated from the University of Montana in political science and history. They spent their honeymoon in a log cabin on Eileen's family homestead in Swan Valley. In 1952, Glenn received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, and came directly to the University of Southern California as an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy. Glenn was the first USC professor to receive a four-year grant from the National Institute of Health for his study on anti-epileptic drugs. He held three patents on "potential anti-epileptic" drugs. Glenn received a Pfieffer Memorial Research professorship at the University of Trieste, Italy, School of Pharmacy where he taught for one year. He was also a visiting professor at the Trinity College School of Pharmacy in Dublin, Ireland for one semester. After retiring from USC in 1988, he and his wife Eileen enjoyed spending time with their four children and their seven grandchildren. They also enjoyed rooting for the Trojans, reading and hiking, and once walked the original Greek Marathon route in eight hours (with frequent stops for coffee to watch the runners go by). Glenn was an active member of the Jane Austen Society for many years. Glenn's combined interest in science and literature spurred him to travel throughout the United States and Europe lecturing on medicines and herbal remedies used in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and medicines that appear in the literary works of Marcel Proust and of Richard Armour. Glenn and Eileen led the USC Retired Faculty Book Club for most of the last two decades. Glenn, a member of Visitation Parish in Westchester, California for 54 years, died at home on November 23, 2009 at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eileen Deegan Hamor; daughter, Patricia Hamor; daughter, Ellen Roehl; daughter, Kathleen Hamor; son, Tim Hamor; son-in-law, Jeff Roehl; daughter-in-law, Lisa Hamor; and by 7 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: "The USC Newman Guild" at USC Catholic Center, 3207 University Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007. 213-749-5341

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  1. I send my heartfelt condolences. Glenn was my professor, colleague, and friend. I remember him and Eileen coming to a few talks I gave at the Newman Center, and having several conversations about local hikes. He also made an impression on my son when he helped him with a History of Medicine paper during high school.

  2. Glenn was a great guy. He came by my office in the USC School of Pharmacy, for several years after he retired. We talked about hikes in Idaho and California. It was always good to see him.

  3. Glenn was my professor and mentor, and a strong influence in my decision to go into teaching, especially after allowing me to T.A. his Organic Chem lab. He was perhaps the kindest man I every met. He loved teaching and cared for every student he taught. He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him.

  4. Dear Eileen: It with great sadness that I just learned of the death of Glenn, now a week ago. I remember seeing you and Glenn from time to time on campus events, especially your interest in the library and books. As you may remember, I was recruited to the USC School of Pharmacy in 1959, when Glenn had taken a sabbatical and his scheduled replacement cancelled a week before classes were due to start. Thus, our academic lives were intertwined since, and while I had not seen both of you as much as I would have liked in recent years, I cherish these memories and wish you and your children and grand-children the best in years to come. Glenn’s contributions to the School and to the University were important, and you were a large part of all of them. Please accept my sincerest and heartiest condolences

  5. Glenn was one of my most favorite instructors at USC when I was a student in the pharmacy school (in the 1970’s). I loved his humor and his love of the history of pharmacy and books. I have many fond memories of Glenn and Eileen. I was just thinking about you both within the past few weeks. All my love to Eileen. My thoughts are with you and your family.Love, Kathy Johnson, Wynnsan Moore and family. USC Class of 1978

  6. Glenn was our dear neighbor, friend and seatmate at Visitation Masses. He helped to celebrate many a birthday and special occasion at our house, always a very special guest, along with dear Eileen. He made friends easily and was always a wonderful raconteur and conversationalist. We will miss you awfully, and know you are resting in God’s loving arms

  7. Glenn Hamor’s wife and children were dealt a marvelous husband and dad… the kind of dad every kid should have growing up. And he was loved by those kids for being the man he was. From what I saw, no regrets, Glenn Hamor. You were awesome, and so are your kids. My condolences to your family, as they now draw upon their cherished times with you to fill the empty places in their hearts. With love and friendship, Sherry

  8. Both Jim and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family at this time. I know you are proud of a father who lead such an interesting and useful life.

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