C. Fred Hanson ’20 Inducted 1980
Baseball, Basketball, and Football
C. Fred Hanson '20 participated in many areas of athletics as a student and captained the baseball, basketball and football teams. He was named center on the very first All-State basketball team. He was fullback on the football team and played third base in baseball. He was also a member of the tennis team.
Fred started at Gustavus in 1915 and served in World War I from 1918-19 for which he was decorated with a Purple Heart. Following graduation in 1920 he was an athletic coach and teacher in Morris, Upsala, and at Phyllis Wheatly and Pillsbury-Waite Settlement Houses before entering law school.
He received his LLB from Univ. of Minn. in 1926, practiced law for a time in St. Paul, and moved to Alexandria in December 1928 where he was an attorney until his retirement in 1974. He also served as County Attorney for a number of years. He is credited with drafting the education portion of the G.I. Bill of Rights, was State Commander of the American Legion, and served on several American Legion comnittees, and served for eight years on the State Board of Parole.
Fred Hanson died on December 8, 1975. He is survived by his wife, Dagny.