Caleb C. Hanson

March 13th, 2015

Caleb C. Hanson, age 59, died peacefully on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in Wilmington, MA.

Caleb was the much loved husband of Carol (Kane) Hanson, beloved and loving father of David Hanson and Bethany Hanson of Wilmington, devoted son of Dorothea (Reynolds) and the late Harlan “Harpo” Hanson of Williamstown, MA, he is also survived by his brother John Hanson and his wife Elizabeth of Cambridge, MA, his brother Charles Hanson and his wife Katherine of Redwood City, CA, his sister Dorothea Hanson of The Hague, Netherlands, his sister-in-law Susan Kane-Ashworth of Richmond, VA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Born in Boston, Caleb grew up in Williamstown and was graduated from Mt. Greylock Regional High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Scandinavian languages and literature from Harvard and a graduate degree in library science from Simmons.

Caleb worked as a librarian at Wellesley College and as a writer, copy editor, and general editor at Lotus Development/IBM in Cambridge and North Reading, at Curriculum Associates in Billerica, and at Tufts Health Plan – Network Health in Medford.

Caleb was always interested in the history of this and other countries and enjoyed a variety of travel opportunities. His family had spent a year in Alsace when he was a boy and he was fluent in French. During his high school years, they took another year abroad to England where he attended Magdalen College School at Oxford. His study and appreciation of Icelandic sagas led to more than one journey to that far land. He was also active for many years in a medieval recreation society where he was well known for his scholarship, for his story-telling, and for his performances in early and Shakespearean theater. He loved books, maps, games, and the company of friends.

In all things, Caleb cared strongly for the power of words to transmit knowledge and enjoyment, and his greatest pleasure was where the two could be combined. His was a generous, cheerful, and gentle spirit, and he will be much missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Please send requests for notice to The information will also be posted when known at, where condolences and remembrances can also be left.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association ( or to the Unitarian Universalist Association (


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Caleb C. Hanson”

  1. Stephen Bowker says:

    Carol, David, Bethany and Caleb’s family,
    The Bowkers are so sorry for your loss. Caleb was always a fixture in the neighborhood walking. I miss seeing him. If there is anything we can do, do not hesitate to ask.

  2. Elinor White says:

    Hi Carol,I am Jennifer Kobayashi’s mother. What a dear man Caleb was. You and he made my few trips to Boston very pleasant and I appreciate how KIND he always was. Yes, he will be dearly missed. My best to you and RIP, Caleb.

  3. Karen Pourshadi says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Caleb’s passing. I so enjoyed working with Caleb at Network Health. He cared so deeply about getting our information out in a clear voice and he was so gentle about teaching others how to correct their mistakes. I especially enjoyed having conversations with him about English and history — we’d chatter on about both. My deepest condolences to you and your children.

  4. Jane Kettendorf says:

    I was so sorry to read of Caleb’s passing. I so enjoyed knowing Caleb while we were working at Wellesley College, and have thought of him often in the past years. I had no idea he was ill. Caleb was a marvelous person , a delight to know, a man of many talents who will be missed by many for years to come. His death saddens me. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  5. Alison Kemper says:

    I am sorry to hear of Caleb’s death. We were children together. I once attended a birthday party where we danced around a maypole.

    He was always, even as a child, kind and sweet and brilliant. I am sure the adult Caleb was the same way. My condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Pat Lucas says:

    I just found out about Caleb’s passing and was so sorry to hear of it. I worked with Caleb at Curriculum Associates and always enjoyed his storytelling skills, vast knowledge of subjects around the lunch table. He was truly the company’s “gentle giant” and also a very proud father and husband. I’ve thought of him with fondness often over the last few years and I’m very sorry for your loss. Carol, David and Bethany, my deepest condolences to you.

  7. Carol Hanson says:

    To let people know, there will a memorial service for Caleb on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist church in Arlington, MA. There will be an open reception from 2 pm till 5 pm, and a service from 3 to 4. The church is not air-conditioned and the service will not be very formal. Any who knew him are welcome.

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