Memorial service planned in Columbia for Hansen Ex-council head died Sept. 3

September 10, 1993|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff Writer

A memorial service will be held for John M. Hansen, former Columbia Council chairman, at the Lakefront in Columbia's Town Center at 5 p.m. Monday.

Representatives from the Howard County Council, the Columbia Council, the Harper's Choice village board and Catonsville Community College, where Mr. Hansen was an associate professor of English, are expected to give eulogies.

Mr. Hansen, who served on the council for four years, was found dead by Howard County police Sept. 3 with a gunshot wound in his head. Police found Mr. Hansen's body in the back seat of his Dodge minivan in his garage.

They recovered a suicide note from the vehicle and say the death apparently was a suicide. An investigation is continuing.

Mr. Hansen, who was 52, served on the Harper's Choice village board, an advocacy board for residents, from 1987 to 1989, including one year as chairman.

He served on the County Council from 1989 until he resigned unexpectedly May 6 with one year remaining in his term. He was chairman of the council from May 1992 to May 1993.

The council is the board of directors of the Columbia Association, which runs the city's recreational facilities and community programs, and maintains open space areas.

In honor of Mr. Hansen's service and devotion to the community, the Harper's Choice board of directors has set up a fund in his name through the Community Support Center, a Harper's Choice-based organization that awards grants to nonprofit groups.

Tax-deductible donations may be sent to John Hansen's Memorial Fund, c/o The Community Support Center, Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia 21044.

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