Georgia Hansen, civic volunteer in Pa. and Conn.

Georgia B. Hansen
Georgia B. Hansen
Posted: May 15, 2014

Georgia B. Hansen, 83, of Gladwyne, a civic volunteer, died Wednesday, May 7, of cancer at Lankenau Hospital.

Raised in Bala Cynwyd, Mrs. Hansen graduated from Lower Merion High School, and the University of Pennsylvania in 1952.

She and husband Gerald J. Hansen Jr. settled in Gladwyne to start a family. During her years there, she focused on raising four children and caring for her ailing mother.

Mrs. Hansen taught Sunday school and chaired Azalea Day for St. Christopher's Church in Gladwyne. She excelled at all racquet sports, including as a tennis partner with her husband.

In the spirit of partnership, she supported the family's move to Simsbury, Conn., in 1975 when her husband became secretary of Trinity College in Hartford.

She embraced Trinity as her own, and the college reciprocated by awarding her the Trinity College 175th Anniversary Award and the Eigenbrodt Cup, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an alumna; she was the first non-alumnus and woman ever to be so honored.

She also served the Village for Families and Children in Hartford for more than 20 years, and was active with the Women's Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Friends of the Simsbury Public Library, and the Simsbury Garden Club.

Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to open a gift boutique, which she ran for 25 years. The Hansens retired to Waverly Heights, Gladwyne, in November 2011.

In addition to gardening, woodworking, and music, Mrs. Hansen loved the ocean and sailing. She looked forward to gathering family and friends at the Hansens' second home on Cape Cod.

"The only thing more beautiful than Georgia's radiant smile was her kind spirit and inherent faith in the goodness of people," her husband said.

Her daughter, Pamela Hansen Platt, described her mother as "one of the most kind and giving people in the world, and a role model for me and my kids."

In addition to her daughter and her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Hansen is survived by sons Barclay, Todd, and Gerald "Trip" III; 15 grandchildren; and a brother.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at St. Christopher's Church, 226 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne. Interment is private.

Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4600 Park Rd. Suite 100, Charlotte, N.C. 28209, or via


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