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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Peter D. Hanson, 85

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Peter Hanson: minister, Westport teacher. Contributed photo

Peter Day Hanson, a former Westport school teacher, died March 8 in Rutland, Vt. He was 85.

The eldest child of the Rev. Richard Ewing Hanson and Margery (Day) Hanson, he was born in New York City on March 29, 1929.

After elementary school in Scarsdale, N.Y., he attended Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts and entered Harvard College in the fall of 1946. He was stricken with polio and spent a year and a half at the Warm Springs Foundation in Warm Springs, Ga.

Returning to Harvard and graduating in 1951, he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York. After ordination as a Methodist minister, he served three parishes in Vermont, in the towns of Milton, Poultney and Brandon. He married Cynthia Barstow on Oct. 2, 1954, and together they had four children.

After 11 years as a minister, he decided to become a social studies teacher and returned to Harvard for an MAT. He moved to Connecticut and taught at the Coleytown School and Staples High School in Westport until he retired and moved to Rutland.

Energetic and gregarious, he was known for his prodigious memory and encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible, hymnody, classical music, many historical periods and current events.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his four children, Catherine Adele Hanson, Christopher Barstow Hanson, Cynthia Day Hanson and Charles Edward Hanson and wife, Kathryn; three siblings, Nancy Hanson Stevenson and husband, Ross, Elizabeth Hanson Mellen and husband, Allen and Richard E. Hanson, Jr. and wife, Cheryl; and several nieces and nephews.

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A beautiful soul and a superb teacher! Thanks for the encouragement! Coleytown and Staples were lucky to have you. Say hi to the big guy for me!

Posted by Mark Lipset on May 18, 2015 at 06:51 PM | #