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Hector Marcel Hammerly

Late Professor of Applied Linguistics
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

Prepared by Ethel Hammerly, edited and formatted by K. Westhues

October 12, 1935

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, son of Daniel Hammerly, a Swiss-born evangelist, pastor, and college professor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Angélica Peverini, an Argentine nurse.

Elementary and secondary education in Buenos Aires.
Study at Adventist Junior College, now the Universidad Adventista del Plata, in Libertador San Martin (Puiggari), Entre Rios, Argentina, where he meets his future wife, Ethel Pidoux.

Works in Mérida, Caracas, and Maracaibo, Venezuela, saving money for intended higher education in the U.S.A.

February 5, 1956

Marriage to Ethel Pidoux, Caracas, Venezuela; she had joined him there the previous September.

January 2, 1957
Immigration to the U.S.A., arriving in Miami, Florida; residence in Takoma Park, Maryland, for work and study at Columbia Union College.
April 6, 1958
Son, Milton Edwin Alan, born in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Instructor in Spanish and Proficiency Tester, School of Languages and Linguistics, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, Arlington, Virginia.
B.A. in French and Religion, Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland.
Graduate study in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, aided by a National Defense Education Act Title IV Graduate Fellowship. ABD.

Instructor in (Experimental) Spanish, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.


Immigration to Canada for appointment to the charter faculty of the newly-established Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.

Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, specialization in Applied Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation title: Linguistics and the Teaching of Foreign Language Pronunciation.

Instructor in Spanish to Full Professor of Applied Linguistics, Simon Fraser University. Courses taught include, inter alia:

Spanish language at all levels,
Applied Linguistics,
Linguistics and Language Teaching: Theory,
Linguistics and Language Teaching: Practice,
Second Language Acquisition Research and Classroom Teaching,
Psycholinguistic Aspects of Language Learning,
Research and Experimental Design in Applied Linguistics,
Topics in (Applied) Linguistics: Literacy,
Topics in (Applied) Linguistics: Language Testing.


Early retirement from Simon Fraser University, under pressure from the university administration.

March 2004
Suffers a serious stroke requiring hospitalization and long-term care.
March 2006
Flees alone from an assisted living home to the Ramada Inn in Coquitlam, BC, where he is found dead of a stroke.