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Hamman Hall at Rice University

I. Historical Perspective

Under the direction of Mary Josephine Hamman, the Foundation was formed on May 20, 1954. The Foundation was established to give assistance to students in the pursuit of higher education through scholarships; to promote the arts; to fund qualified institutions in the furtherance and development of scientific projects; to aid churches, associations and conventions of churches in the advancement of religion; to aid colleges and universities in both operating and capital needs; to provide aid for the needy; and to assist hospitals, medical colleges and research institutions for the study, treatment and cure of disease. The Foundation has awarded $95.4 million in grants and scholarships over its 63 years of service to the community.

II. Founders

Mary Josephine Hamman

Mary Josephine Milby Hamman was born in Harrisburg, Texas in 1882. The daughter of Maggie Tod Milby and Charles H. Milby. Mr. Milby was a prominent Houston businessman and civic leader instrumental in planning and developing the Houston Ship Channel which established the Port of Houston and ultimately contributed to its’ remarkable growth. Mary Josephine’s maternal grandfather, John Grant Tod, settled in Texas in 1830. He was Commodore of the Texas Navy while Texas was a Republic, and was first to relay the message from Washington that Texas had become a state in 1846.

George Hamman

George Hamman, born in Calvert, Texas in 1874, was the son of Ella Lawdermilk Hamman and Confederate General William H. Hamman, lawyer, a candidate for Governor of the State and a pioneer in the development of Texas. Mr. Hamman graduated from the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. He moved to Houston in 1898 to work for Planters and Mechanics National Bank, where he rose from clerk to cashier. After Planters and Mechanics’ merger with the Union Bank and Trust, he was appointed Vice-President and on August 23, 1943 became President of Union National Bank. In addition to banking, he devoted much of his energy to the real estate, oil, gas and sulfur industries. In 1906, Mary Josephine Milby married George Hamman. Their union produced no children. They were active in the Episcopal Church and were prominent in Texas civic circles.

III. Board of Trustees

Henry R. Hamman, President


Charles D. Milby, Jr., Treasurer

Anne L. Hamman, Secretary


Mary Milby, Trustee

Russell R. Hamman, Trustee



IV. Executive Director

D. Troy Derouen