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Born in 1941 during the month when Hitler was launching his attack on the Soviet Union, John J Hammond was raised in the Blackfoot, Idaho, area and graduated from rural Snake River High School in 1959. Very active in sports, he earned eleven letters in football, baseball, track, and basketball. He was the starting quarterback on the football team his junior and senior years, and started on the basketball team which won the Idaho state championship in 1958.
While attending Mormon/LDS Church Ricks College (now Brigham Young University/Idaho) for two years (1959-61), he earned an associate degree, sang in the madrigal and a cappella choirs, sang in productions of the operas Pagliacci and The Bartered Bride, and was elected First Vice President of the Student Body for the 1960-61 school year. A full-time Mormon missionary in northern California from 1961-63, he spent the last six months in the Mission home in San Francisco as Mission Second Counselor. .
Enrolling in Brigham Young University/Provo in the fall of 1963, he earned bachelor's (1965) and master's (1967) degrees in political science (with a minor in history). He was married in the Los Angeles Temple in September 1964 to a southern California girl he met at BYU. After teaching political science at Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University) from 1966-69, he undertook additional graduate work and was awarded a second M.A. and a PhD in political science (with a focus on political philosophy) at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1978. After teaching political science and philosophy at Kent State University for thirty-five years, he retired from full-time teaching in 2007, but continues to teach one introductory philosophy course each semester. .
In 1980 the author organized a Model United Nations program at Kent State University/Ashtabula Campus which grew to the point where it annually involved about 500 students from over thirty American and Canadian high schools. Called the "Northcoast Conference," it is a three-day affair held on campus in late March. Then, in the early 1990s, the author organized a college-level Model U. N. program which has grown to annually involve around 300 students from about twenty colleges and universities. Also three days in length, this "Lake Erie Conference" is held every year in early November in a Cleveland hotel. In 1999 an organization of volunteer workers--called Lake Erie International Model U. N. (LEIMUN)--was incorporated in the state of Ohio, and it is this organization which operates the high school and colleges conferences, both of which are still functioning today. .
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September 01, 2012
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