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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Ed Hammons as the recipient for this year’s Outstanding Retired Faculty Award. The Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Alumni Reception, originally scheduled during homecoming weekend, have been postponed to a date to be determined next spring in light of the ever-changing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hammons was born in Henryetta, Okla. and moved to Tulsa in 1952 and attended Tulsa Central. After graduating high school Hammons attended Oklahoma City University where he played basketball for a short term. After attending college, he joined the military and served time in Korea. After returning from Korea, Hammons attended Northeastern State University where he met his wife, Jean. Hammons completed additional coursework from Pittsburg State, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

Hammons began his career as the Assistant Principal at Miami High School where he also coached the boy’s basketball team. In 1970, he began teaching at NEO and became the head of the Math and Science Department before retiring in 1990. During his time at NEO, he was able to teach with his son Chip for one year.

Hammons left a lasting impact on the Math and Science Department at NEO. He assisted in developing a scholarship through the NEO Foundation. He also had students who transferred to Oklahoma State University and became the number one graduates in their class. Some of his former students now work for companies as big as NASA. He has two children, four granddaughters and one great-grandson. Hammons has been retired for 31 years and enjoys all aspects of the outdoors. He and his wife live on 160 acres and spend their time fishing, hunting and shooting archery.   For more information please contact Shelby Saul at 918-540-6211 or Shelby.saul@neo.edu.

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