Hanson 70th anniversary
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Don and Rolene Hanson were married Sept. 6, 1951 in Battle Creek, Mich.
Early years saw them teaching in several Adventist Academies. Don's first role in health care was as an assistant administrator of Hinsdale Hospital, a 475-bed acute care facility, then in Worthington, Ohio, as administrator of Harding Hospital, a 110-bed psychiatric hospital. He returned to Hinsdale as president and CEO of Adventist Healthcare System, president of Hinsdale Hospital and regional president of four hospitals. In Denver, he was president and CEO of Porter Hospital, a 375-bed acute care facility and president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare (including 10 hospitals).
Rolene's passion and career was in music. She taught voice and piano, directed church choirs and chorales, and produced many special programs. She recorded albums with her Chicago Area Chorale and as a solo artist.
In retirement, they lectured on health and nutrition across the country. Don was president of Weimar Institute in the early 2000s. Traveling in their RV for a number of years was a special time for them, as were their winters in Cathedral City.
Today Rolene enjoys sewing, knitting, custom card making and cooking. Don enjoys doing puzzles and studying Spanish and continues to ride his bicycle.
They are the parents of four daughters, (Cynthia, Debra, Lori and Keri) and one son (Don Jr.) and have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A special celebration hosted by their children was held Sept. 11, in Hendersonville, NC (where they moved last December) to celebrate their 70th anniversary and their 90th birthdays (in August and September).