He designed Costa Mesa’s first reserve police officer training program, he helped build a medical group that swelled from two to 85 doctors, he’s performed an appendectomy at sea, and he still finds his wife beautiful after 67 years of marriage.
It’s probably fair to say Jack Hammett has done it all.
Today, Costa Mesa City Council members will present Hammett, 87, with a lifetime service award for the many things he’s done for the city and the larger community — the short list includes 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy hospital corps, 15 years on the Planning Commission and City Council, posts on state boards for aeronautics and medicine, and service as a reserve police officer for Costa Mesa.
“Jack has just done so much for the city during his lifetime, and I just feel it’s important to recognize that,” said Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor, who recommended the one-of-a-kind award at the suggestion of a fellow veteran and friend of Hammett. “Jack is one-of-a-kind, so it’s appropriate.”