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HAMMER, Audrey Lowe

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Photo courtesy: Telegraph Herald
HAMMER, Audrey Lowe. (Minneapolis, MN--Dubuque, IA, Dec. 28, 2011). Audrey graduated from Grinnell College in 1952. She met David L. HAMMER there and they were married in 1953 in the Grinnell College Chapel. She taught school in Kalona, Iowa, while her husband finished law school at the University of Iowa. They moved to Dubuque in 1956.

Audrey was very active with Little Cloud Girl Scout Council remaining active for 66 years. (1) She served as executive director of the Scout office, trained leaders, and worked with thousands of girls in the Dubuque area. In 2007 it was announced that she had made a $50,000 bequest to the Girl Scouts offices. (1) She was a PEO sister, volunteered at The United Way, GRAND OPERA HOUSE, acted in local plays and nearly every movie filmed in Dubuque, and produced Storytime for Community Access television. She served on the board of directors of the Five Flags Theater Company. She and her husband were great travelers with Antarctica added to their visits in 2004. (2)

Photo courtesy: Telegraph Herald
In 1965, Audrey helped organize a program called "OPERATION FRIENDSHIP," which bused young black children out of the rioting neighborhoods in south Chicago to spend the summer with families in Dubuque. (3) That is how she came to have a third "daughter" named Claudia Clayton Bodley, who came and stayed every summer for seven years.

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Source:

1. Nevans-Pederson, Mary, "Family, Friends Recall Hammer Fondly," Telegraph Herald, December 31, 2011, p. 3

2. Hogstrom, Erik, "Future Bequest Excites Girl Scouts," Telegraph Herald, April 22, 2007, p. 13

3. Nevans-Pederson, Mary, "Local Couple Visits Bottom of World," Telegraph Herald, February 4, 2004, p. 1

3. Nevans-Pederson, Mary, "Family, Friends..."