John Pearson Hammond of Wilton, a former Darien resident who spent part of his life building Internet companies, died on Friday, March 9. Mr. Hammonds, 66, was the husband of Suzanne Simons Hammond.
Born on March 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Carleton and Dorothy Hammond. Mr. Hammond grew up in Darien and Chatham, Mass. He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and later earned his master’s of business administration from Columbia University.
Mr. Hammond started his career in the finance department of GMAC in New York City, later leaving to join Phelps Dodge Corp. As an officer of Phelps Dodge, Mr. Hammond was asked to relocate to Arizona, but could not leave his East Coast roots, his family said. He then worked to build and manage the Woodworker Store in South Norwalk. Mr. Hammond spent the rest of his career building hi-tech Internet companies.