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Benjamin M. Hammond G

Benjamin M. Hammond G, a third-year graduate student in the joint Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology program, died on last Monday in his Boston home. He was 29.

It is clear that Hammond died of a heart attack, said Robert M. Randolph, senior associate dean for student affairs.

"It all happened very suddenly and unexpectedly," said Hammond's academic adviser Kenneth N. Stevens ScD '52, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. Hammond "was very bright, popular, very good academically and also in his research," Stevens said.

Born in Milwaukee, Hammond graduated from Harvard University in 1989 and worked for Kierkegaard and Associates, an acoustics consulting firm based in Chicago, for five years before entering graduate school.

At a memorial service held last Friday, family members and friends reminisced and remembered Hammond as an active contributor to the community.

Hammond was an active member of the speech and hearing division of HST, where he organized speakers for various events the department held, and did much of his research at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary through the HST program.

A musician and a songwriter, Hammond was under contract with a record label in New York City and served as a teaching assistant in an acoustics class. In addition, he helped to design the new Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood.

"He was an outstanding student," Randolph said. "In fact, his department is considering renaming [a] lab in honor of Hammond."

Hammond had battled heart problems ever since he was a child.

He is survived by his parents, Michael P. and Anne L. Hammond, and a brother, Thomas M. Hammond of Bedford Hills, New York. A funeral Mass was held yesterday in New York. Hammond's burial will take place in Bedford Hills.