ORRINGTON – Anne Goodnow Hanson, 61, passed away on Sunday, July 6 at her home in Orrington after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Anne was born on June 18, 1953 to Lois and Alden Goodnow of Danvers, MA. She grew up in Danvers and enjoyed summers on Martha’s Vineyard with her family and friends. She graduated from Danvers High School in 1971 and attended the University of Maine where she studied microbiology and was a member of Tri Delta Sorority. In her freshman year, Anne began work as a ski instructor at Squaw Mountain where she met Tom Hanson, a fellow skiing enthusiast. Anne and Tom subsequently married on August 4, 1974. Following Anne’s graduation from the University of Maine in 1975, she continued on to earn her masters degree in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1977. Anne and Tom then settled in Orrington where they raised their two daughters. After returning to the Bangor area Anne became a member of the Junior League.
Anne began her teaching career at Husson University and University College. In 1988 she became a lecturer at the University of Maine where she taught microbiology until 2012. She enjoyed her work and inspired hundreds of students over the years through her lectures and labs. She was dedicated to teaching and participated in several science education outreach programs and worked as a mentor in local grade school classrooms. From 1997 to 2007 she was a consultant for Hydro-Photon, where she was involved in the development of their Steripen. She was an active member of the American Society of Microbiology through which she attended many conferences on undergraduate education. Anne also worked for the Atlas Protocol Project as a project manager for their online microbe teaching library. From 2007 to 2012 she continued her involvement with the Atlas Protocol Project, serving as the Editor-in-Chief of their Review Committee. During this time she also served as a mentor for International Microbiology Educators through the ASM-UNESCO leadership program for International Educators. She was extremely proud of the accomplishments of her former students and was treated by several of these students at both Dana Farber Cancer Institute and at Cancer Care of Maine. Because of her dedication to teaching, the Anne G Hanson Scholarship Fund at the University of Maine was created in her honor.
Anne’s love for skiing continued long past her college days. She served as President of Penobscot Valley Ski Club and then became a board member of the Sugarloaf Ski Club where she was very active in the junior racing program. Beyond these club activities she also spent many volunteer hours working on local and national level ski races. Anne and Tom’s love for skiing led them to ski destinations around the world, but they always remained avid Sugarloafers.
With her upbeat and warm personality, Anne was loved by all who knew her. Family and friends will also remember her boundless energy and enthusiasm. Once the snows had melted and the skis were put away, she could be found jogging trails, hiking mountains, gardening, kayaking, biking and of course sailing the coast of Maine with Tom on their beloved boat Nereus.
Anne is survived by her husband, Thomas Hanson of Orrington, her daughters, Sarah Hanson MD of Longmeadow, MA, Emily Hanson of BC, and grandson Tristan McDowall, her parents Lois and Alden Goodnow of Danvers, MA, her sisters Marty Goodnow of Eden Prairie, MN, Nancy Goodnow Peters of Holden, ME and Amy Goodnow of Danvers, MA, and several other close family members. The family would like to give special thanks to the neuro-oncology team at Dana Farber for their excellent care and compassion while treating Anne and also the staff at Cancer Care of Maine.
Visiting hours will be held 4-8 PM Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Kiley & Foley, 299 Union St., Bangor. A memorial service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway in Bangor. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the University of Maine for the Anne G. Hanson Scholarship Fund, PO Box 370, Orono, ME 04473-0370 or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Center for Neuro-Oncology (Dana-Farber.org).