Art Hanson

Profile Updated: April 2, 2019
Art Hanson 1978
Residing In: Lansing, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Natalie Naslund Hanson (She died Aug. 29, 2017. She was the most loving, caring, kind and considerate person I ever met.)
Occupation: Retired from Lansing Community College as Photography Professor in 2012
Children: Amy Naslund Sanborn, born 1983; Kathryn (Katie) Naslund Morell, born 1986; and Erik Hanson, born 1990.

Granddaughters More…Jade, Izabelle (Izzy) Morell, and Zoe Morell born to Katie. Jade was born in 2008, Izzy was born in 2016, and Zoe was born in 2019. Grandson Michael Sanbron born in 2019 to Amy.

Amy earned her B.S. in pre-med from Michigan State University in May 2007 and earned her medical degree from LECOM in June 2012. She graduated from her three-year residency in internal medicine/family practice in north suburban Detroit hospital affiliated with Michigan State University in June 2015. She finished her one-year Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, also affiliated with MSU, in July 2016. We are proud that she chose the lowest-paying option despite the fact that she had to finance her entire medical education with loans. Her first passion is serving patients. She married James Sanborn, an electrical/automotive engineer, Aug. 24, 2013. Amy has been working as a Geriatric Medical Doctor in Grand Rapids, MI since Aug. 2016. She and her husband live in Lowell, an eastern suburb of Grand Rapids.

Katie earned her B.S. in aerospace/aeronautical/mechanical engineering from University of Alabama at Huntsville in May 2012 and is a full-time design engineer for Boeing in Huntsville, AL where she is working on the Space Launch System and on the Tanker Project. We are proud that after a divorce she went back to school and finished her degree. She has a very special daughter and we have a very special granddaughter Jade who is 8 and started Third Grade in Aug. 2017. Katie remarried in 2016 and her second child, Izabelle (Izzy), was born Oct. 20, 2016. Katie and her husband Morris live in Madison, an western suburb of Huntsville, AL.

Erik transferred from Lansing Community College to University of Michigan Ann Arbor in Fall 2012 and and graduated in May 2014. He majored in political science with the goal of becoming a professor or a researcher. We are proud that he has earned honors-level grades in both schools and no one would ever hear it from him unless they asked him. He earned High Honors on his Political Science Senior Thesis, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is starting his fifth year working toward a Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA in Sept. 2018. After he started the UCLA program, he learned that he was one of only two students who entered with only a Bachelors degree. All the other first-year students in his cohort had a Masters degree and/or significant political science-related experience and that the other student with only a Bachelors degree had significant political science-related experience where Erik had none. Erik had a research paper poster presentation at the 2016 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, a research paper panel presentation at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and was accepted for a research paper panel presentation at the 2017 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. He received a Fourth Year Research Fellowship in a universiity-wide competition. He presented his dissertation work in Feb. 2019 and advanced to candidacy.
Military Service: US Air Force, Intercontinential Ballistic Missiles  
Yes! Attending Reunion

I started college at University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana where I met Natalie Naslund from Normal, IL in 1966. I remembered her name from the alliteration and we were married 6/1/69 between her first senior year and my second senior year.

She is the nicest, kindest person I have ever met and it is her patience and love that has made our marriage strong.

Since our marriage we have lived and worked in Texas, California, Arizona, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan. Adding in Illinois we have lived in seventeen cities in ten states and our lives have been enriched by a greater knowledge of the great diversity of our country from geography and climate to ethnicities and social structures , to customs and food.

Our wish is for our country to live up to the best of our aspirations and principles and to pull together for the common good instead of pulling apart fighting for our individual self-interests.

Our greatest joys have been our children; their growth into wonderful, caring, responsible adults; and our travel both before and after we started our family. We have traveled by car, station wagon, or minivan to all of the states except Alaska and Hawaii and all of our children have shared in our travels to at least 45 of the states. We especially enjoyed visiting our many wonderful national parks and twice we were able to take one-month family driving vacations to the west. Our children were just expected to take long trips with no complaining and did so despite car seats, booster seats, and being crammed in the back seat.

We did not have children until 1983 mainly because I kept changing jobs and going back to school (as you will see if you read my education and work history below).

I earned my B.S. in Social Studies and English Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 1970. I am grateful that I was in the South when racial attitudes were changing and that my example could be a very small part of that change.

After graduation, I served in the US Air Force as a Deputy (ICBM) Missile Combat Crew Commander in Tucson, AZ; volunteered for an Early Out program; and left active duty as a 1st Lieutenant at the end of 1972. Serving 24-hour alerts with the responsibility to launch a nuclear missile gave me insights into the grave dangers of possessing nuclear weapons and belief that they are immoral weapons which should be abolished.

After a two semesters of of teaching social studies and English (one in Baton Rouge, LA and one in North Fond du Lac, WI), I returned to college using my GI Bill benefits. I earned my B.J. in photojournalism from University of Missouri. Columbia in 1975.

I was Chief Photographer of The Journal in New Ulm, MN 1975-77 and then I moved to graduate school at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis to combine my interests in photography and education.

During my studies at U of MN I worked at the grad assistant in charge of the photo lab and I later taught the beginning photojournalism course. I left my studies without finishing and defending my final professional project to take a job teaching photography and journalism at Worthington (MN) HS and CC in 1981. When that position was eliminated by budget cuts, I moved to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN as Chief Photographer in 1983.

We found "Minnesota Nice" to be an accurate description of the interpersonal interactions in the state. However, we never heard the heavy accent spoken in the movie "Fargo" although we lived across the river in Moorhead, MN; in three small towns; and in a Minneapolis suburb during our nine years in Minnesota.

I earned my M.A. in Photographic Communication from U of MN, Minneapolis in 1984 and moved to teaching photography and acting as chief photographer at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. In 1986 in moved to Ball State University in Muncie, IN as an Assistant Professor teaching photojournalism and communications graphics.

In 1989 in moved to Lansing (MI) Community College where I taught photography and photojournalism. We started working with digital photo technologies in the mid- 1990's and we became an all-digital photo program in 2005. I parked my 35mm film cameras in 2004 and have only used Digital SLR cameras since then. I retired from full-time teaching in May 2012 (after 23 years) although I returned to teach two photojournalism courses in Fall 2012.

My wife Natalie went on to earn a M.Ed. in Remedial Reading (U of AZ) and additional certification in Learning Disabilities in Minnesota. She taught full time for eleven years in Arizona (in a two-room, one-teacher school house in the mountains above Tucson), Louisiana, Missouri, and Minnesota before we started our family and taught half-time for thirteen and one-half years after our children were born.

She was able to fulfill her fondest desire - to be a full-time mother for as long as possible. She was able to be a full-time mother from the birth of our first child was born in 1983 until our youngest child completed fourth grade in 1998.

School Story:

I appreciate the educational foundation that MHS gave me and I appreciate the support from many of my teachers. I regret the loss of two of the kindest people I have ever known: Betsy Marquis and Roger Hellebuyck. I also regret the deaths of my classmates who died in the Vietman War and all who died before they could reach their goals and enjoy the fullness of life.

I wish I could have gotten to know more of you better and I wish the best for all of you.

I had a different experience from that of most my classmates. I transitioned from elementary school teachers who thought I could not read because I could not do phonics well to junior high school where social studies and English teachers began recognizing that I had potential to moving into college prep courses in my junior and senior years.

I enjoyed learning more as I advanced in grades and that continued as I moved through my years in college. It probably explains why I became a professor.

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Seems like just a few days ago we talk about another classmate’s birthday, HA!

May you have a wonderful day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

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Family at Al's Retirement after 49 years at Night Vision Lab as a Supervisory Physicist and Deputy Director of the Special Products and Prototyping Division. From Left to Right: Alayna, Al, Rachelle, Hayley, Brandon, Michele, Corey, and Christina.
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Crossing a windy Puget Sound on a Washington state ferry are my wife Natalie, my Granddaughter Jade (6), and me.
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My family in Seattle in July 2015. Front row: Art, Granddaughter Jade (6), Wife Natalie. Back row: Daughter Amy, Daughter Katie, and Son Erik.
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I remember Roger as a kind, caring individual.  His death was the world's loss.  He was a fine person.

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Thank you for your kind comments about my profile. I hope my wife and I are able to come to our 50th reunion. I would like to meet you and you wife Judy at our reunion. I hope things are going well for you.

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Steve, Best Wishes on your semi-retirement. Art

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Congratulations! Are you going to continue to work part time or are you going to fully retire? Either way, Best Wishes. Enjoy having more time to do what you want to do.


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My family in Seattle in July 2015. Front row: Art, Granddaughter Jade (6), Wife Natalie. Back row: Daughter Amy, Daughter Katie, and Son Erik.
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Crossing a windy Puget Sound on a Washington state ferry are my wife Natalie, my Granddaughter Jade (6), and me.
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After Amy's Wedding in August 2013 (from left) Art Hanson, Natalie Hanson, Erik Hanson, Jade Morell, Katie Hanson Morell, Amy Hanson Sanborn, and James Sanborn.
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Daddy-Daughter Dance at Amy's Wedding
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Daddy-Daughter Dance at Amy's Wedding
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Daddy-Daughter Dance at Amy's Wedding
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Jade and Art on slide in May 2013
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Jade on side in May 2013
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Christmas 2007: Amy, Katie, and Erik
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Art in 1978 during grad school at University of Minnesota