Bob Hamm, a longtime Hub City newspaper editor, has died. Hamm passed away Wednesday night at Lafayette General Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Hamm spent decades at The Daily Advertiser
, most recently in the role of editorial page editor. His writing was the voice behind many an Advertiser
editorial over the years. Hamm also served as the newspaper’s city editor, a position he vacated to become news director at KATC TV3, where he worked for several years in the late 1960s and early ’70s before returning to print.
“Bob was a consummate professional,” says Acadiana historian and columnist Jim Bradshaw, a longtime colleague of Hamm’s at The Advertiser
. “Bob loved the English language,” Bradshaw adds. “He worked very hard to use it properly and to use it well.”
“I met Bob at my first job when I was a receptionist at KATC TV 3 in the early seventies,” recalls Phyllis Walters, former lifestyle editor at The Advertiser
. “Bob was always the first with a quick and clever quip, but whatever he said, you could trust his word. His knowledge of ‘old’ Lafayette was astounding: there was no better storyteller than Bob Hamm. I often share them and claim them as my own. I bet he’d get a kick out of that.”
In fact, until about three years ago, Hamm and Bradshaw co-hosted “Prime Time” on Saturday mornings on KPEL radio. The call-in show centered around memories of Lafayette. “He was a very private person in very public jobs,” says Bradshaw. “Nobody sees you on the radio. I’d come in in jeans and flip-flops and he’d have a suit on.”
Martin & Castille Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Bobb Hamm was 74 years old.