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Don Whaley Hansen
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1925
Wexford County
Michigan, USA
Death: Mar. 28, 1996
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA

Don W. Hansen, 71, of 619 Hobbs Road, died March 28, 1996, at his home.

The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Starmount Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private.

Mr. Hansen was born in Cadillac, Michigan, and had been a resident of Greensboro since 1950. He served three years in the U.S. Army in World War II, and served six months on front line combat duty. He was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. For three months, he was assigned to the French Army, and had the responsibility of repatriating POW's. He studied for four years at Northwestern University, and received two degrees; a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in music. He was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda Fraternities. He played music professionally in Chicago. At Greensboro College, he taught music theory and history for 33 years. For 13 years, he was Chairman of the Music Department at Greensboro College. He also taught music privately and played with the Greensboro, Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad, Salisbury and North Carolina Symphonies, as well as chamber and recital performances on the violin. He played trumpet and bass with various jazz groups, particularly the Howard Waynick Trio, and the TV Matinee afternoon Lee Kinard program. He played under conductors Otto Klemperer, Percy Grainger, and Frederich Stock. He performed with Arthur Fielder, Benny Goodman, Van Cliburn, Bob Hope, Glenn Miller, Itzhak Perlman, Vaughn Monroe, and Judy Garland to name a few.

He was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, and was active with Mobile Meals.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Plum Hansen of the residence; mother-in-law, Irma Ruth Plum of Greensboro; uncle, Monroe Whaley of Traverse City, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Starmount Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. Market Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27403, to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 5310, Greensboro, N.C. 27403, or to the American Legion.

The family will receive friends at Forbis and Dick, North Elm Street Funeral Home Sunday evening from 7-8:30 p.m.

Source: Greensboro News & Record (NC)
Saturday, 30 March 1996


Don Whaley was born at 7 a.m. on 27 March 1925 to Lewis Andreas and Mabel Belle (Whaley) Hansen of Cadillac, Michigan. He weighed 9lbs at birth. He was baptized on 1 November 1925 by Dr. A.W. Johnstone of the First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac, Michigan.

Don studied at Cadillac High School in Cadillac, MI, Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He later taught Music at Greensboro College (1950-1983) in Greensboro, North Carolina. By the time he retired, he was chairman of the music department.

Don died on 28 March 1996 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was 71. 
Family links: 
  Lewis Andreas Hansen (1891 - 1970)
  Mabel Belle Whaley Hansen (1896 - 1984)
  Jo Plum Hansen (1929 - 2006)
Lakeview Memorial Park
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: September
Record added: Jan 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64385340
Don Whaley Hansen
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Don Whaley Hansen
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R.I.P. Don.
- September
 Added: Jan. 26, 2011

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