Hämmerly, Marcelo Alberto (1908–1991)

By Eugenio Di Dionisio

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Eugenio Di Dionisio

First Published: January 29, 2020

Marcelo Alberto Hammerly was a physician, teacher, writer, and director of River Plate Sanitarium in Libertador San Martín, Entre Ríos, Argentina.

Origins and Studies (1908-1936)

Hammerly was born on March 30, 1908, in La Ligniere, Gland, Vaud, Switzerland. His parents, Geraldo Armando Hämmerly (1882-1964) and Martha Josephine Dupuy, were married in Gland, Switzerland on April 24, 1906. They graduated as nurses from the Adventist sanitarium in Gland, Switzerland where their children Daniel and Marcel were born. In 1908, Armando and Martha, went with their children to Argentina where they worked as nurses in the River Plate Sanitarium.1 The following year they moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, as self-supporting missionaries.2 There Rosita was born. Marcelo’s siblings were: (1) Daniel Hämmerly Dupuy, born on February 3, 1907, at Léman Sanitarium, in Gland, canton of Vaud, Switzerland and married Angélica Peverini. He served as pastor, teacher, lecturer, and writer. (2) Rosa Luisa Hämmerly Dupuy (1909-1998), born on May 25, 1909, in Montevideo, Uruguay, married Arturo Beskow and died on April 23, 1998, in Libertador San Martín, Entre Ríos, Argentina.3

In 1935 he completed his studies at the Faculty of Medicine, located in the city of Montevideo, capital of the Uruguay Republic. He was a doctor and a surgeon, with a long career and vast experience in Argentina. From February to September 1936 he held a medical residence at Washington Sanitarium and Hospital, United States.

Family and Career in the River Plate Sanitarium (1936-1991)

He began his career on October 1, 1936 as a physician at the River Plate Sanitarium, Entre Ríos, Argentina, when Dr. Carlos Edgar Westphal (1890-1965) was director.4

He married Inés Carlota Ernst Köhli on January 6, 1937 and from this union five children were born: Hernán Daniel, Arturo Rolando, Inés Alicia, Graciela Isabel, and Silvia Aurora.5 Inés Carlota Ernst was born on July 30, 1910 in Encarnación, Paraguay, from the marriage of Julio Ernst and María Köhli. She died on December 15, 2005, in Libertador San Martín, Entre Ríos.

From 1937 to 1953 Hämmerly was deputy director of the River Plate Sanitarium. From 1954 he served as director until the end of 1967.6 Later he continued as a physician until July 1973, when he retired.7 Doctor Pedro D. Tabuenca succeeded him as director of River Plate Sanitarium. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and went to River Plate Sanitarium in 1954.8

Marcelo A. Hämmerly died on September 8, 1991, at the River Plate Sanitarium.9 He served the Church as a missionary for 37 fruitful years. He was a professor at the nursing school of the same institution, an outstanding writer, and an outstanding doctor.10 He also excelled as a builder and administrator, and inspired vocations in the area of health.

Sources

“Descansan en el Señor” [Rest in The Lord]. Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], n. 11, November 1992.

Hämmerly, Armando G. “Río de la Plata – Uruguay – Montevideo”. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], September 1910.

Hämmerly, Marcelo A. Cómo conservarse sano [How to stay healthy]. Mountain View, CA: Publicaciones Interamericanas, 1961.

Hämmerly, Marcelo A. Enciclopedia médica moderna [Modern Medical Encyclopedia]. 3 Vols. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1982.

Hämmerly, Marcelo A. Las aves de Villa Libertador San Martín y sus cercanías [The birds of Villa Libertador San Martín and its surroundings.]. Villa Libertador San Martín, Entre Ríos: s. n., 1988.

Hämmerly, Marcelo A. Manual de primeros auxilios [First Aid Manual]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1983.

Hämmerly, Marcelo A. Nuevo tratado médico: Consejos prácticos para sanos y enfermos [New medical treaty: Practical advice for healthy and sick people]. 2 Vols. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1953.

Hämmerly, Marcelo A. Técnica moderna de primeros auxilios [Modern first aid technique]. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1959.

Hämmerly, Marcelo. “The River Plate Sanitarium”. South American Bulletin, n. 5, September-October 1956.

Hämmerly, Marcelo A. Viva más y mejor alimentándose correctamente [Live longer and better by eating correctly]. 2 Vols. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1974.

“Notas Editoriales” [Editorial Notes], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], year 8, n. 12, December 1908.

Plenc, Daniel Oscar. Misioneros en Sudamérica: Pioneros del Adventismo en Latinoamérica [Missionaries in South America: Pioneers of Adventism in Latin America]. 2nd Ed. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2008.

Tabuenca, Juan. “Descansa en el Señor” [Rest in The Lord]. Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], year 92, n. 11, November 1992.

Wensell, Egil H. El poder de una esperanza, que educa y sana [The power of a hope that educates and heals]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1993.

Westphal, Carlos E. “River Plate Sanitarium”. South American Bulletin, vol. 14, nº 7, July 1938.

Westphal, Carlos E. “The River Plate Sanitarium”. South American Bulletin, vol. 14, nº 10, October 1938.

Westphal, J. W. The General Conference Bulletin 7, n. 13, 29 May 1913.

Notes

  1. J. W. Westphal, The General Conference Bulletin 7, n. 13, May 29, 1913, 183. “Notas Editoriales” [Editorial Notes], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], year 8, n. 12, December 1908, 127.

  2. Armando G. Hämmerly, “Río de la Plata – Uruguay – Montevideo,” La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], September 1910, 13.

  3. Records Archive of the Austral Union Conference. Personal Service Registry. Marcelo Alberto Hämmerly Dupuy, September 14, 1953. Juan Tabuenca, “Descansa en el Señor” [Rest in The Lord], Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], year 92, n. 11, November 1992, 31.

  4. Records Archive of the Austral Union Conference. Missionary form used. Marcelo Alberto Hammerly Dupuy, 1939. C. E. Westphal, “River Plate Sanitarium,” South American Bulletin, vol. 14, n. 7, July 1938, 6. C. E. Westphal, “The River Plate Sanitarium,” South American Bulletin, vol. 14, n. 10, October 1938, 4.

  5. Professor Dr. Hernán Hämmerly was born in Montevideo, Uruguay; He was a professor at North Argentine Academy, Leandro N. Alem, Misiones, Argentina (current Misiones Adventist Academy), soon director of Library E. Irving Mohr of River Plate Academy / River Plate Adventist University. Arturo Rolando Hämmerly was born and died at four months old (Puiggari, Entre Ríos, 1942). Inés Hämmerly was a teacher, she has lived in Uruguay and in the city of Corrientes, Argentina. Graciela Hämmerly married pastor Alfredo Arnolds. Silvia Hämmerly was a teacher and married Leroy Beskow.

  6. Marcelo Hämmerly, “The River Plate Sanitarium,” South American Bulletin, n. 5, September-October 1956, 3.

  7. Egil H. Wensell, El poder de una esperanza, que educa y sana [The power of a hope that educates and heals] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1993), 209-213.

  8. Records Archive of the Austral Union Conference. Personal Service Registry. Pedro Tabuenca, December 31, 1987.

  9. “Descansan en el Señor” [Rest in The Lord], Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], n. 11, November 1992, 31.

  10. Marcelo A. Hammerly's books were widely disseminated, especially through canvassing. Among them can be mentioned: Nuevo tratado médico: Consejos prácticos para sanos y enfermos [New medical treaty: Practical advice for healthy and sick people], 2 vols. (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House 1953). Técnica moderna de primeros auxilios [First aid Modern technique] (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1959), published later as First Aid Manual (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1983). Cómo conservarse sano [How to stay healthy] (Mountain View, CA: Publicaciones Interamericanas, 1961). Viva más y mejor alimentándose correctamente [Live longer and better by eating correctly], 2 vols. (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1974). Enciclopedia médica moderna [Modern medical encyclopedia], 3 vols. (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1982). Las aves de Villa Libertador San Martín y sus cercanías [The birds of Villa Libertador San Martín and its surroundings] (Villa Libertador San Martín, Entre Ríos: s. n., 1988).

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Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Hämmerly, Marcelo Alberto (1908–1991)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Accessed May 21, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9GIU.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Hämmerly, Marcelo Alberto (1908–1991)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Date of access May 21, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9GIU.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di (2020, January 29). Hämmerly, Marcelo Alberto (1908–1991). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved May 21, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9GIU.