Tom Hanson

2009 Opal Fagle Award Winner

Tom Hanson is the recipient of the 2009 Opal Fagle Award for his volunteer involvement with the American Lung Association in Iowa and in recognition of his long commitment to the mission of the Lung Association.


Tom provided the American Lung Association in Iowa guidance as the Association began the merger process between Iowa and Illinois.  Following the merger, Tom joined the Iowa ALA Board.  Tom became familiar with the ALA issues, programs and activities.  For the past 30 years, Tom has demonstrated a willingness to contribute his expertise, knowledge, resources and time to the American Lung Association.  Tom’s sense of humor cannot be overlooked.  Tom was President of the Association when the Association was only a statewide constituent of the American Lung Association.  He believes he was elected when he was in the Men’s Room at a Board Meeting, and all the other Directors declined the position.  He had been a Director for about 25 years before the merger with Illinois.


Tom’s volunteer work is supported by his partner, Patricia Kehoe.  Tom and Patricia enjoy their 1828 miner’s cottage in Galena, their farm, feeding all the stray cats in the neighborhood, flower gardening when not chasing deer, travel, the Sunday New York Times and almost anything that keeps Tom out of the office.



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