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Ken & Pat Hanson Endowment

Future generations of music students will benefit from a musical endowment established at LCC by the late Ken and Pat Hanson, who also donated a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano for the Rose Center for the Arts.

Ken & Pat HansonKen & Pat Hanson Memorial Music Endowment

In 2010 Lower Columbia College received the largest single gift in its 75-year history, $3.5 million, from the estate of LCC alumni and local music patrons, the late Ken and Pat Hanson.

The donation, in the form of an endowment through the LCC Foundation, has been invested to generate annual income that may be used for music scholarships to the College, the purchase and upkeep of musical instruments, to bring musical artists to LCC, and as matching funds for other grants to benefit the College’s music programs.

“We greatly appreciate the generous support that the Hansons have given to LCC over the years,” said President Jim McLaughlin. “Their final gift will leave a legacy of music to benefit the College, future generations of students and our entire community.”

“It will enable us to enhance music offerings at LCC, in the classroom and on stage while capitalizing on the attributes of our new Rose Center for the Arts, one of the premiere venues for musical performance in Southwest Washington.”

Bosendorfer PianoThe Hanson donation is the fourth largest single bequest given to a U.S. community college since 1987, according to the Voluntary Support of Education Survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education.

Ken Hanson passed away in April 2009 and Pat Hanson died in February 2010. The couple met at LCC in 1946 when he was a returning veteran and she was attending summer school. They married in 1947 and the head of the College’s music department sang at the wedding.

“Without the College, our paths never would have crossed,” Pat said. Their love affair with each other, and the College, continued for more than six decades.

Bosendorfer Piano KeysBosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano

In 2007, on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary, the Hansons donated a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano for LCC’s new performing arts center, one of only three such pianos in the state. The Hansons also had purchased instruments for local students and the College over the years. The Ken and Pat Hanson Rehearsal Hall in the Rose Center for the Arts was named in recognition of the couple’s support.

Although the Hansons had told LCC then Foundation Executive Director Margit Brumbaugh they were leaving something to LCC in their estate,

“This gift far exceeded anything we could have anticipated,” she said. “They were just the loveliest couple, the most understated, just quietly supporting music not just here but throughout the region.”