Lowell Varner Hammer

      HSC Honorary Member


Lowell Varner Hammer

Lowell Varner Hammer, son of the Rev. John Domer Hammer and Edythe Lenore Varner, is a native of Ligonier, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Hammer was graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A., and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with an M.A.  

Following his graduation from the Pennsylvania State University in 1950, Mr. Hammer entered  the U.S. Army and served on active duty for three years during the Korean War.  He served first in the enlisted ranks of the Infantry and after graduation from Officer Candidate School, he served as a commissioned officer in the Field Artillery.  He then was posted for several months in the U.S. before being transferred overseas to the Far East Command.  Upon concluding his active duty service in the fall of 1953, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts where he earned his graduate degree in 1954.

In August, he went to Washington, D.C. to commence what became a forty year career in the Federal government.  After serving thirty years as an officer in intelligence, national security and foreign affairs, Lowell retired in 1985, but returned to government service shortly thereafter and worked as a consultant for another ten years.  During his government career, he was stationed abroad in U.S. Embassies in North and Central Africa and in Western Europe and traveled widely in Africa and Europe. 

During his early Washington years, Lowell met Elizabeth Carter Bowers who had just returned from an overseas assignment and they were married in 1956.  Lowell and Betsy had three children, Sarah Elizabeth (now Mrs. Jeffrey Haberl), Lowell Carter, and Christopher Allen (deceased).  In 1997, Lowell and Betsy moved to Florida where they resided for nine years before moving to College Station, Texas.  As hobbies, in addition to his genealogical and historical pursuits, Lowell has engaged in oil and water painting, photography, antique restoration, artifact preservation, and other art and writing activity.

Society Memberships
* National Gavel Society
* General Society of Colonial Wars
* Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (former
* Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  (former Commander-in-Chief)
* Colonial Order of the Acorn
* Colonial Society of Pennsylvania
* Veteran Corps of Artillery State of New York
* Saint Andrew’s Society of Washington D.C.
* Order Of Lafayette
* National Society Sons of the American Colonists  (former Captain General)
* National Society Sons of the American Revolution  (former President of
   the District of Columbia Society)
* General Society Sons of the Revolution  (former President of the District
   of Columbia Society)
* National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (former Governor of
   the District of Columbia Branch)
* Hereditary Order of Descendants of Loyalists and Patriots (f
   Governor of the John Randolph Chapter
* Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States (former Commander of
   the District of Columbia Commandery)
* Military Order of the World Wars  (former Senior Vice Commander of the
   District of Columbia Chapter)
* Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar
* National Society Descendants of Early Quakers
* National Society of the First Families of Delmarva
* National Order of the Blue and Gray
* Welsh Society of Philadelphia
Military Order of the Carabao


* Johann Frantz Hammer Palatine Pioneer in Pennsylvania and Maryland and
   his Descendants
* Essays appearing in The Contributor, a magazine in Melbourne, Florida 
* Articles that have appeared in publications of hereditary, historical, and
   genealogical societies and in academic and scholastic journals. 
* Personal writings used with my permission by other authors of family
   history/genealogy books. 
* Editor and principal writer of newsletter of the 933rd Field Artillery
   Battalion of the 31st Infantry Division.

Chivalric Orders
Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem,
Priory of Saint King
   Charles the Martyr

Listed In

Hereditary Register of the
United States of America
The Social List of
Washington, D.C.

Other Notes
Sons of Veterans Reserve  (Inspector General)
National Congress of Patriotic Organizations  (Regent)
Provincial Families of Maryland
Clan Maxwell
Clan McAlister

American Legion,
Paris Post #1
Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Maryland Dept.
Army and Navy Union
Honorable Order of
Kentucky Colonels
Patriotic Order Sons of
Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity (Secretary, Zeta Chapter)
Delta Sigma Phi, international business and finance professional fraternity
Pi Lambda Sigma, political science/pre-legal honorary fraternity  
Order of DeMolay  (Past Master Councilor)
Lincoln Group of the
District of Columbia
Fellowship of Pennsylvania
Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites  (Advisory Board Member)
Civil War Preservation Trust
Lincoln Commission of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (Associate

Birthday National Commemorative Committee  (Chairman)
American Foreign Service Association
Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired
American Foreign Service Club
DACOR/Bacon House
Army and Navy Club of
Washington, D.C.
Fletcher Alumni Association  (President, D.C. Chapter)

State Alumni Association
Covenant Presbyterian Church  (Current church affiliation)

Numerous international, national, state, county and local historical and genealogical societies.

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