Dale Sven Hanson passed away on Sept. 29, 2013, from surgical complications. He would have been 75-years-old on Nov. 10. With Dale, when he died, were his devoted wife Elizabeth (Libby) Dickinson and his son Dr. Tim Hanson. Dale was a resident of Sanibel Island, Fla., and he spent portions of the summer in Bay Harbor, Mich., and St. Paul, Minn., which was his home state until retirement.
Dale lived a vital, adventurous, and fun life, right up until his death. A former commodore of the Captiva Island Yacht Club, he was a lifelong and passionate boater. In recent years, Dale and Libby discovered touring by motor coach throughout the United States. Most of all, however, Dale found special joy in being a husband, father, and grandfather and in his many friendships.
Dale was a graduate of Albert Lea High School in Albert Lea, Minn., and was recently awarded its Distinguished Alumni award. In 1960, he graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., with a B.A. in Economics. Dale served with the Minnesota Army National Guard from 1962 through 1968, completing his service as a First Lieutenant.
Dale Sven Hanson
For over 25 years, Dale was employed by US Bank and its predecessors. He was president and a director of First National Bank of St. Paul and later an executive vice president of First Bank System. With First Bank System, Dale became a director of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. in Eden Prairie, Minn. When Dale retired from First Bank System, he joined C.H. Robinson full-time as a vice president of Finance. Dale retired from C.H. Robinson in 2000.
Dale was active in corporate, civic, and charitable boards throughout his life, most notably: Edwards Mfg. Co. (a family business in Albert Lea), Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul United Way, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Council of Arts and Sciences, Twin Cities Public Television, Somerset Country Club, Captiva Island Yacht Club, The Sanctuary Golf Club, and BIG ARTS. He also was appointed by St. Paul Mayor George Latimer to chair the St. Paul Riverfront Development Corporation. Dale and Libby loved their life together on Sanibel Island and supported the arts, marine research and education, and the preservation of the natural beauty and wildlife of Sanibel and Captiva islands.
Dale is survived by his wife Libby; his brother Kim Hanson and wife Alice Demo Hanson; his son Tom (Tucker) Hanson, wife Beth Kubik, and children Lizzy, Ben and Caroline; his son Tim Hanson, wife Mimi, and children Tea and Lars; step-daughter Debbi D. Kelly, husband John, and children Jack and Julia; and his first wife Joan Benton Hanson.
In memory of the life of Dale Hanson, donations may be made to the Hanson Ethics Fellowship at Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield, Minnesota 55057. Dale and Libby were founders of this program, which recently was described by the president of Carleton as "a special, distinctive, and important feature of Carlton's profile . . . [and] something rare and valuable."
Celebrations of Dale's life will be held at 4 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2013, at Chapel by the Sea on Captiva Island, Florida and in the spring of 2014 (date to be announced) at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minn.