Jerome Hammond, 92, clothing store manager


Jerome Hammond, a retired clothing store manager and physical fitness advocate, died of kidney failure yesterday at St. Agnes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 92.

Mr. Hammond was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden. He was a 1927 graduate of City College and attended the University of Baltimore.

His career in haberdashery spanned more than 60 years. From 1938 until 1944, he was a men's department buyer for the downtown Hutzler's department store.

After Army service during the latter years of World War II, he returned to Baltimore in 1946 and established Jerry's Men's Shop on Pennsylvania Avenue. He closed the store in 1973 and became manager of Gage Clothes Co. in the 200 block of W. Baltimore St. He retired in 1998.

Mr. Hammond, who believed in a vigorous daily workout, exercised each morning until age 90 at the Jewish Community Center gym on Park Heights Avenue. He also liked to play tennis and golf, and enjoyed traveling and photography.

Mr. Hammond was married for 59 years to the former Ruth Wexler, who died in 1998.

He was a member of Beth Tfiloh Congregation.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann Sue Grossman of Pikesville and Linda E. Goldman of Washington; five grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

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