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Peter L. Hammer, Active Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on December 27, 2006. Professor Hammer was Founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Operations Research (RUTCOR).

A colloquium in his honor will be held on Friday, April 20, at the RUTCOR Building, 640 Bartholomew Rd., Busch Campus. For directions see

Peter Ladislaw Hammer was born in Timisoara, Romania in 1936. He earned his Ph.D. under Academician Grigore Moisil at the University of Bucharest. After he married Anca Ivanescu in 1961, the two defected to Israel in 1967. There, he was a professor at the Technion in Haifa. After moving to Canada in 1969, he taught at the University of Montreal, then later at the University of Waterloo. In 1983 he moved to the US and became a professor at Rutgers University.

Dr. Hammer was the founding Director of RUTCOR - Rutgers University Center for Operations Research, Editor-in-Chief and founder of numerous professional journals, including Discrete Mathematics, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Discrete Optimization, Annals of Discrete Mathematics, Annals of Operations Research and the SIAM Monographs on Discrete Mathematics and Applications. His publications include 19 books and over 240 papers.

He is survived by his wife, Anca, his two sons Alexander and Maxim, his mother Anne, his sister Evi, brother-in-law Ghita, niece Dana, and daughters-in-law, Robin and Stacey, his four beloved grandchildren, Isabelle, Madeline, Annelise, and Oliver, and his many cousins.

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