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Daniel J. Hanson, MD, 1928–2018

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January 2019—Daniel J. Hanson, MD, a member of the CAP Board of Governors from 1993 to 1999, died on Nov. 2, 2018.

Dr. Hanson was president and medical director of Pathology Laboratories in Toledo, Ohio, until he retired in 2005. He was also clinical professor of pathology emeritus at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

“He was a fascinating person,” says William V. Harrer, MD, of Haddonfield, NJ, a former member of the Board of Governors. “He brought a lot of business savvy and acumen to the Board of Governors. He was very good at articulating and questioning pending decisions of the Board, and he did it with a sense of humor. He was a pleasure to be around.”

Dr. Hanson served on numerous CAP and CAP Foundation groups and was a member of the CAP Foundation Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013.

Dr. Hanson

“He had one very strong ambition for the CAP Foundation and that was to organize senior and retiring pathologists to become interested in furthering the work of the Foundation, particularly the service to underserved communities using pathology expertise,” says Dr. Harrer, referring to the Foundation’s See, Test & Treat program. Dr. Harrer is the Foundation Board secretary/treasurer.

Pam Cramer, former CAP vice president of education and practice management, met Dr. Hanson on her second day as a CAP employee in June 1969, when she flew to Kansas City, Mo., to staff a Standards Committee meeting. Dr. Hanson was active for years on the committee, including during the early days of the CAP’s proficiency testing program, which he helped develop.

“He was kind of a populist in that he always talked about doing what the members wanted,” says Cramer, who is now CEO of the PMC Group. One of the best things about Dr. Hanson, she adds, was his “crazy, insane sense of humor that he wove into everything.”
He had a penchant for working with residents, Cramer says. “He always mentored young practicing pathologists and residents. Being a mentor was important to him.”

In Cramer’s early days with the CAP, she would often call Dr. Hanson when she had questions about medical terms and concepts. “He took the time to explain to me what was meant by different things that I didn’t understand. He would explain everything to me, always took my phone calls, was always available.”

CAP governor Jennifer L. Hunt, MD, MEd, chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, describes Dr. Hanson as “down to earth, straightforward, incredibly caring, and amazingly dedicated.” Dr. Hunt, former president of the Foundation, says, “He spent so many years and devoted so much energy to the Foundation and pathology in general.”

To Dr. Harrer, he was a role model “for what a genuinely good pathologist does.”

“He was active in the community, active in the practice, and he was willing to give his time and effort to not only further pathology but to the Foundation. He was an all-around good guy.”

Dr. Hanson is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, two sons, and five grandchildren. 

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