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Longtime Westporter Martin J. Hamer Dies at 72

Longtime resident Martin J. Hamer, an author, entrepreneur and former employee of IBM, died Friday at his Westport home. He was 72.

Hamer, who was active in local causes, was editor with his wife Judith of the 1994 book “Centers of the Self: Stories by Black American Women, From the Nineteenth Century to the Present.”

His first work won him an Atlantic Monthly First Award in the early 1960s. His writings were included in several short story anthologies. He was a former columnist for the Westport News and had been published on the op-ed page of The New York Times.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, he is survived by three daughters, two sisters, and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport.

One thought on “Longtime Westporter Martin J. Hamer Dies at 72

  1. Martin was a friend of some 30 years. Our families experienced the usual raising of children and community involvement. Of note was the Tri-W Black Family group of which Martin, Judy and their children played an active role along with dozens of black families in the Westport, Weston and Wilton area. He will be missed

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