Bill (John William) Hanlon PhD passed suddenly on Nov 7, 2019.

He was born June 27, 1937 in Aitkin to James and Ellen Hanlon, the second of six boys. He earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota. He had a long and varied academic and business career. He began as a professor of economics at Depaw University and progressed through teaching and administrative positions at Northern Illinois University, Winona State University and Georgia State University. He was then the executive director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education.His academic career culminated with his serving as the dean of the College of Business at James Madison University where he secured the first accreditation for the College of Business from the AACSB. Subsequently, he was the chief economist for New York’s Commodity Exchange, an agricultural economist for General Foods and a corporate economist for The Linn Group in Chicago.

In retirement, he was an adjunct professor of Economics and Finance at Saint Thomas University and Metropolitan State University.

He was known and loved for his sense of humor, kindness, consideration for others and his intellectual curiosity. He was fascinated by philosophy and politics and relished a good discussion. He was eternally optimistic and maintained a positive outlook on the people around him and the possibilities of life. He was a thoughtful listener who provided valued guidance and advice and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a loyal friend to many.

He enjoyed an occasional bingo game where he was known as “the one-card wonder” and was always excited by a good hand of cards, especially with good company. His family was a great source of happiness and pride. Supporting the accomplishments and activities of his children and grandchildren was one of his greatest pleasures.

He was preceded in death by brothers Jimmy, Dick and Tom.

He is survived by daughters: Kathleen (David) Gesensway, Carolyn (Don) Sours, and Marianne McEvoy; brothers: Terry (Kathy) Hanlon and Mike (Paulette) Hanlon; grandchildren: Benjamin, Julia and Elizabeth Gesensway; and Melody and Lorelai McEvoy; and many nieces and nephews.

The service will be Friday Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at St James Catholic Church, Aitkin, . Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with burial and lunch to follow. Memorials preferred to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Service information

Nov 15
Visitation
Friday, November 15, 2019
10:00AM-11:00AM
St. James Catholic Church
299 Red Oak Drive
Aitkin, MN 56431
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Nov 15
Funeral Service
Friday, November 15, 2019
11:00AM
St. James Catholic Church
299 Red Oak Drive
Aitkin, MN 56431
Guaranteed delivery before Bill's Funeral Service begins.