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Bruce Hanson Obituary



Bruce Hanson has unselfishly served the American Saddlebred Horse Association as a Director and Officer for nine years. He was the 2004 recipient of ASHA’s C.J. Cronan Sportsmanship Award and three time winner of the Three-Gaited Over 15.2 Stake at Louisville. American Wine is one of his horses you should remember.

Bruce passed away last night (October 5) after a lengthy illness.  We extol our condolences to his family.  Funeral arrangements and obituary will be posted as information is available.

Bruce E. Hanson, age 62, of North Oaks, Minnesota died October 5, 2004 at Lyngblomsten Care Center. A prominent attorney, Bruce was a partner at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis where he specialized in health care law and state and federal civil litigation.

He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 25, 1942, the son of Lester E. Hanson and Gladys Diessner Hanson. He lived most of his life in Minnesota, earning a BA in economics at the University of Minnesota in 1965 and a JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1966. He was admitted to the Minnesota Bar and the US District Court of Minnesota in 1966, the US Tax Court and the US Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit in 1973, the US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit in 1983 and the US Supreme Court in 1970.

From 1966 to 1999 he practiced law at Doherty, Rumble & Butler where he was a shareholder and served for some time as president. He was a member of the Ramsey County Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys. He served as director and as president of the Minnesota Society of Hospital Attorneys, as chair of the Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, as Chair of the Ramsey County Court Rules & Procedures Committee and as a Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of United Hospitals.

His honors include Phi Delta Phi and listings in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Best Lawyers in America. Bruce was married to Peggy Pardun on December 25, 1972. She preceded him in death in 1989 as did his father in 1985. His survivors include his mother, Gladys, of Falcon Heights, MN, his brother, Ronald L. Hanson, of Morris Plains, NJ, his sister, Karen Hanson, brother-in-law, Dennis Senchuk, two nieces, Chloe and Tia Senchuk, all of Bloomington, Indiana, his mother-in-law, Dorothy Pardun of Roseville, MN, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Apart from work, Bruce (and Peggy, before her death) had great love for riding and showing horses. He owned several champion American Saddlebred horses. Three time winner of the three gaited over two stake at Louisville, American Wine, is one of his horses you should remember. He served the American Saddlebred Horse Association over nine years as a director, secretary and through his initiation of the ASHA Animal Welfare Fund. In February of this year, the ASHA honored Bruce with the C.J. Cronan Sportsmanship award. He was a man of great kindness, unfailing courtesy and civility and profound integrity. He will be deeply missed by his family, his friends and his profession.

A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2 PM at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 60 Kent Street, St. Paul, MN. The family suggests memorial donations be made to your choice of the American Saddlebred Museum or the American Saddlebred Horse Foundation, 4083 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

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