George H. HanstReporter and editorGeorge H. Hanst, an...

January 09, 1995

George H. Hanst

Reporter and editor

George H. Hanst, an Evening Sun copy editor and former Supreme Bench reporter who began working at the paper in 1957 and gained a wide following with his daily "Court Docket," died Friday of complications from a brain tumor at his Rodgers Forge residence. He was 60.

He was born and grew up in Oakland, where his late father, George Herbert Hanst, was editor of The Republican, a weekly newspaper. After graduating from Washington College in Chestertown in 1956, he joined The Evening Sun as a copy boy and after a month began writing high school sports stories.

He then switched to police reporting. From frequent visits to the city's eight police district stations and headquarters, he developed a mastery of the city's geography.

"George was an irreverent character who loved and defended the English language, The Evening Sun, the Newspaper Guild, killer tennis, choir singing, oddball news and, certainly, general irreverence in others. Yet he inspired straight respect among many friends," said Ernie Imhoff, acting assistant managing editor, photography and graphics.

From 1967 to 1981, Mr. Hanst covered the Supreme Bench. He became known for "Court Docket," the finely crafted daily report that covered funny, offbeat and serious trials and tribulations.

Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., now a judge of the Court of Special Appeals, said of Mr. Hanst: "He exemplified the finest in newspaper reporting. Judges, attorneys, prosecutors plaintiffs -- all unanimous about very few things -- did agree that they would get a fair and accurate account from a Hanst story."

Mr. Hanst was a member of the Newspaper Guild and was active in the affairs of the Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the choir for 25 years.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at the church, 7601 York Road, Towson.

Mr. Hanst is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Barbara Mann; a son, Jonathan H. Hanst, and a daughter, Jennifer Hanst Krushensky, both of Baltimore; a brother, John Hanst of Phoenix; a sister, Jane Burks of Elkins, W.Va.; and his mother, Polly Johnson Hanst of Oakland.

=1 Memorial donations may be made to the church.

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