Saturday, January 17, 2009

Herbert Hammerman Labor Economist

Herbert Hammerman, 91, a labor economist and former division chief of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, died Dec. 30 at Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads in Falls Church. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Hammerman joined the new EEOC in 1966. From 1967 until his retirement in 1981, he served as chief of its reports division, collecting compliance reports to ensure that employers followed federal nondiscrimination laws.

From 1956 to 1966, he had done research and analysis for the U.S. Labor Department, during which time he participated in the 1963 civil rights march on Washington as a member of a government employee union.

Mr. Hammerman, a New York native, was a 1938 history graduate of City College of New York and received a master's degree in economics from the New School for Social Research in 1942.

He worked for the War Labor Board during World War II and then spent a decade working for several trade unions.

After his retirement, he was active in community theater, including a performance at the Studio Theatre, and served on the Arlington County Fair Housing Board.

Mr. Hammerman wrote "A Decade of New Opportunity: Affirmative Action in the 1970s" (1984), a commissioned study for the Potomac Institute think tank, and concluded that affirmative action had been effective in increasing job opportunities for women and minorities.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Constance Gay Morenus Hammerman of Falls Church; two sons, Joseph Hammerman and Daniel Hammerman, both of Alexandria; and a sister.

-- Alexander F. Remington

Eleanor E. 'Ellie' Holdsworth Secretary

Eleanor Evans "Ellie" Holdsworth, 86, a secretary at numerous area organizations, died of kidney disease Jan. 6 at her home in Arlington County.

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