Dr. Carl F. Hammerstrom Jr.

Dr. Carl F. Hammerstrom Jr.

MARQUETTE, MI – Dr. Carl F. Hammerstrom Jr., 84, of Marquette, died on Tuesday morning, April 20, 2021, surrounded by his family and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice at the Trillium Hospice House.

Carl was born April 23, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan, a son of Carl F. and Mary (Metcalf) Hammerstrom, Sr.

He graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1954, Harvard University in 1958 and Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1962.

He was drafted in December of 1967 and served his country as an Army Medical Officer with the US Army Fifth General Hospital, Bad Cannstatt Germany FROG from 1968-1971.

On June 27, 1959, he married, Lynne Ulrich Crandall, in Chautauqua, New York and the couple chose to raise their family in Marquette, in 1971.

Carl had served as Chief Medical Resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and was in charge of the hospital when the riots broke out in 1967. He continued his career, which spanned more than 40 years in medicine, in Marquette helping to heal not only the patient but the patient’s family as well.

He was a proud delegate of the American Medical Association and the Michigan State Medical Society, a fellow with the American College of Chest Physicians, an associate professor of clinical medicine at Michigan State University, and a longtime trustee of the Peter White Public Library Board of Directors.

In his youth, Carl played lacrosse and had the honor of “being run over” by the great NFL running back, Jim Brown. His interests included reading in the inglenook beside his fireplace. He was an avid hockey fan and a season ticket holder of MTU & NMU hockey for decades. His loves were sailing and spending time with his wife in Paris, enjoying the food and wine.

Carl is survived by his wife, Lynne C. Hammerstrom of Marquette; children, Mary Beth Hammerstrom of Anchorage, AK and Eric (Michelle) Hammerstrom of Marquette; granddaughter, Alexis Hammerstrom of Marquette; brother, Frank Hammerstrom of Stuart, FL and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Paul; and brother, Kurt.

Carl’s family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Huffman and his nurse, Marcie and the staff at UP Health System-Marquette for the care they provided.

A Celebration of Carl’s Life will be held in the summer and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855 or Trillium Hospice House, 1144 Northland Drive, Marquette, MI 49855.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com