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Public Invited to ‘A Celebration of Ele Hansen’s Life and Legacy’

October 14, 2013

Carleton College invites all members of the Northfield community to join Ele Hansen’s family and friends—along with former students, athletes, and colleagues—at ‘A Celebration of Ele Hansen’s Life and Legacy’ on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Following a special service of remembrance, participants are invited to the Great Hall for a Memorial Reception.

A much beloved member of the Carleton community, Ele Hansen passed away in July 2013 at the age of 92. Hired by President Gould in 1952, Hansen chaired the Women's Physical Education Department, taught PE classes, and coached women's softball and cross-country for 34 years, until her retirement in 1986.  She remained such a strong supporter of Carleton and individual members of the college community that many felt she never really retired. Hansen was a role model for generations of Carleton women students who were encouraged by her to be and become themselves. 

This is one of numerous events taking place on campus during Carleton’s Homecoming weekend, including tours of the recently renovated Laird Stadium and new Student Recreation Center, along with a luncheon with women’s coaches and athletes.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain at Carleton College. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4003. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street, between College and Winona Streets, in Northfield.