Cal Maritime Academy waterfront barbecue area dedicated to the memory of Bob Hammaker
Last summer, in conjunction with their 30-year reunion, The CMA Class of 1976 decided as a class gift, they wanted to raise money to restore the barbecue area on the waterfront because it had fallen into disrepair over the years. Since, as cadets, it was an area where they enjoyed spending time, they wanted to give back to the Academy and create a space that students will enjoy and have pride in for years to come.
While they were in the middle of fundraising, their classmate Bob Hammaker, who was a faculty member at CMA for more than 20 years, passed away after fighting cancer for more than a year. His classmates decided that once they reached their fundraising goal, they would dedicate the area in memory of Bob. After hearing of the Class of 1976's plans, the Associated Student Body felt it was such a worthwhile way to honor Bob that they agreed to contribute $5,000 of their money to the project. The CMA Foundation and the ISA Northern California Section, of which Bob was a member, also contributed to the project, as did many of his friends.
Bob played a key role in bringing the NorCal ISA section to CMA, and devoted considerable time and energy as the Section's Education chair, teaching classes for the Section, and helping to arrange the Tech conferences sponsored by the Section and held at CMA.
These photos were taken at the dedication of the Bob Hammaker Memorial Waterfront Plaza on October 17, 2007.
And a couple of more photos at the October NorCal Board Meetiing