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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The information will also be posted when known at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com, where condolences and remembrances can also be left.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association (www.abta.org) or to the Unitarian Universalist Association (www.uua.org).