In Memoriam: Edward L. Lammerding '51

Edward L. Lammerding '51, a longtime supporter of Saint Mary's College of California who was named Alumnus of the Year in 2001, died on April 21, 2006. He was 76.

Mr. Lammerding served on the Saint Mary's College Board of Regents from 1985 to 1999, when he was named regent emeritus. He also served on the Saint Mary's College Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1999 and was a member of the President's Club. In 1962, Mr. Lammerding received the Signum Fidei Award for his support of Saint Mary's College and its alumni programs.

Mr. Lammerding was born in Sacramento and attended Christian Brothers High School, where he later became a member of the school's board of regents. After graduating from Saint Mary's College in 1951 with a degree in economics, he served in the Marine Corps in Korea and then began a successful banking career. He quickly rose through the ranks at Crocker National Bank from vault teller to become the youngest vice president in the bank's history. In 1975, he founded Capitol Bank of Commerce, the first locally-owned and operated independent bank in the Sacramento area, where he also held the positions of president and chairman of the board.

Retiring from the banking industry in 1982 to concentrate on the venture capital side of the finance business, Mr. Lammerding held the positions of president, chairman and director of many companies. Remarkably, he still found time to be involved in more than 40 different civic and charitable organizations across the Sacramento Valley, many in his hometown of Rancho Cordova. In addition, he was a longtime leader of the Saint Mary's College Sacramento Alumni Chapter.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beverley; daughters Patricia Anne Harris '81, Mary Catherine Bracamonte, Claire Marie Lammerding '87 and Christine Noel Collopy; sons Joseph, Steven, John and Jerome, and nine grandchildren.

--Debra Holtz
Office of College Communications