Our Founder


David Chalmers Hammond, 67, founder of the Chalmers Automobile Registry (CAR) and author of the Book “Hugh Chalmers:  The Man and His Car”, passed away at Abington Hospital on June 8, 2006.

Dave was born in Detroit, MI. on March 23, 1939 and grew up in nearby Gross Pointe Farms.  As a boy, Dave gained an appreciation of cars and engineering from his father, E. P. Hammond, who helped develop one of the first power steering systems for automobiles while employed at the Gemmer Manufacturing Co., and also from his grandfather, Hugh Chalmers the president and founder of the Chalmers Automobile Company.

After graduating from Gross Pointe High School in 1957, Dave attended Michigan Tech University where he was a member of Sigma Rho fraternity and the ski team.  He received his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1962, and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. While Dave was on active duty he worked at the Naval Air Development Center (NADC) in Warminster Pennsylvania developing and testing new air deployed sonar systems (sonobuoys).  After his active duty service was completed, Dave worked for Philco Ford designing various electronic systems; however, he soon felt drawn to government service again, and in 1974 he rejoined his colleagues at NADC as a civilian.  Dave worked the next 30 years for the Navy as a project engineer and program manager.  He was instrumental in the development and testing of several sonobuoy systems that were used by the Navy during the cold war to track and collect vital data from Russian submarines. 

Dave enjoyed woodworking, skiing, canoeing and especially spending time with his family in his house in the Pocono’s.  After retirement from government service Dave dedicated much of his time to researching and writing a book about his grandfather, Hugh Chalmers.  The resulting book, “Hugh Chalmers:  The Man and His Car”, was published in January 2006.

Dave is survived and sorely missed by his wife of 40 years, Ruth, his sons Dave and Joe, daughter-in-laws Gerri and Amy, granddaughter Rachel, grandson Ethan, brothers Ted and Mike, sister Meg, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.