Jan Hamer

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Jan Hamer

(Organic chemistry professor)

Born May 2, 1927
Gombong, Indonesia

Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana

Died July 25, 2008 (aged 71)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Spouse Millicent May Hamer

Two daughters:
Elizabeth May Hamer Pope
Hilary Halsey Hamer Tafran
Alma mater:
University of Leiden
(The Netherlands)

Military Service
Allegiance Royal Netherlands military
Years of service 1952-1955
Rank Second lieutenant

Jan Hamer (May 2, 1927 – July 25, 2008)[1] was from 1960 to 1992 an organic chemistry professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. in 1956 from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He authored three chemistry books[2] and was listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest. He was a member of the Round Table and Holland clubs in New Orleans. He had a deep interest in classical music, history, horticulture, and cooking.[3]

Hamer was born to Gerard Pieter Hamer and Wijke Hamer-de Boer in Gombong, Indonesia. He moved with his family to The Hague, the Netherlands. He returned to Indonesia in 1952 and served for three years as a second lieutenant and commander of a batallion for the Royal Netherlands military. On March 20, 1956, Hamer married the former Millicent May[3] (born April 10, 1926) of New Orleans. Hamer died in a hospice in Baton Rouge. Services were held on July 30 at the Audubon Park Golf Clubhouse in New Orleans. In addition to his wife, Hamer was survived by two daughters, Elizabeth May Hamer Pope and husband, Joseph Keith Pope of Baton Rouge, and Hilary Halsey Hamer Tafran and husband, Mohammad Hassan Musaid Tafran, of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; a grandson, Rayan Mohammad Hassan Tafran, of Jeddah, and a sister, Meinie, of the Netherlands.[3]

Jan and Millicent Hamer's photograph and story of survival during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was featured in the book, Holding Out and Hanging On: Surviving Hurricane Katrina by Thomas Neff, a photographer and a professor of art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[4]


  1. Dr. Jan Hamer. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2020.
  2. Jan Hamer's Books. Alabris.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2020. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jan Hamer, Ph.D.. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on August 22, 2020.
  4. (April 2008) Holding Out and Hanging On: Surviving Hurricane Katrina. Thomas Neff, Photographer. Retrieved on August 22, 2020.