Hansen, Gary B.

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Gary Barker Hansen was born in 1935 in Ogden, Utah to Clarence James Hansen and Lena Barker Hansen. When Hansen graduated from high school in 1953, he attended Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University), where he graduated with a BS in 1957 and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Ordnance Corps. Lt. Hansen entered the U.S. Army in July 1957, serving at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and Tooele Army Ordnance Depot in Utah, and received an honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant in June 1959.

From September 1959 to September 1961 Hansen was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Great Britain. He served in the British, North British and Scottish-Irish Missions, helping set up the latter two missions and serving as Mission Secretary in both of them.

After two years in Great Britain, Hansen returned to Logan to attend Utah State University and work for Prof. Leonard J. Arrington. He married Helen Ure in September 1962 and soon received his MS degree in Economics in June 1963. During that summer he co-authored The Richest Hole on Earth with Prof. Arrington, published as a research monograph by Utah State University. He continued his studies at Cornell University and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics in 1965-66. He completed his studies at Cornell, and, subsequently, received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1970. Hansen and his family returned to Logan in September 1967 to accept an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Economics. During his 31 years at USU he served as a Professor of Economics, and also as a Professor of Management and Human Resources. Hansen became a Professor Emeritus at USU in November 2000. Throughout his career Hansen published 110 books, chapters, articles, research reports and documents, and made over 150 professional presentations.

While teaching at Utah State University and after his retirement, Hansen worked extensively as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor and other state and national committees and task forces, plus the International Labor Organization and other international agencies. He was also a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Economic Association, Industrial Relations Research Association, American Society for Training and Development, and the International Industrial Relations Association. In the 1980s he worked throughout the United States helping state and local governments implement programs to assist dislocated workers, plus giving testimony before Congress and other national commissions, and spending one year serving on the Secretary of Labor's Task Force on Worker Dislocation, a group whose report provided the framework for the passage of national legislation that was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. During the 1990s he served 3 years on the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship, and worked in 11 countries in Southeast Asia and Central and Eastern Europe (Thailand, Nepal, China, India, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine) helping national and local community leaders learn how to organize and implement economic development and job creation programs.

From the guide to the Gary B. Hansen papers, 1911-2005, (Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives)

C.J. (Clarence James) Hansen : Clarence James Hansen was born on February 11, 1896 to Hans Peter Hansen and Mary Christina Nielsen Hansen in Salt Lake City, Utah. He entered Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University) in Logan, Utah as a freshman in 1915. During his junior year in December 1917 he enlisted in the United States Army. In January 1918 he left for basic training at Camp Stanley in Texas and remained there until April 6, 1918. Upon completion of officer’s training, C.J. was transferred to the Saumur Artillery School in Saumur, France, where he stayed from May 20 - Aug. 3, 1918. Upon completion at Saumur, Second Lieutenant C.J. Hansen was transferred to Camp de Souge where he was assigned to the Battery C 130th Field Artillery through September 16, 1918. Between September through November 1918 C.J. was transferred multiple times, to: Saint Mihiel, Flirey, Pannes, Gas School at Chaumont, ArgonneForest, and Meuse-Argonne. On April 13, 1919 C.J. sailed from France and arrived in New York on April 23, 1919. C.J. returned and completed his education. On June 1, 1921 he married Lena Barker in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together, they had six children. He returned to Utah Agricultural College and received his Master of Science on June 2, 1928. He died on May 2, 1962 in Ogden, Utah.

Ruth Christe (Christy) Hansen Bruerton : was born on May 26, 1892 to Hans Peter Hansen and Mary Christina Nielsen Hansen in Salt Lake City, Utah. She enterednurses training at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, graduating in 1913. In the fall of 1915, she pursued post-graduate surgery training at the Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Upon completion of her training in NewYork, she extended her surgical studies at the Polyclinic Hospitalin New York, graduating in 1916. In 1917, while working as a nurse at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, she volunteered for service andreported to Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, Texas. Ruth was first sent to the Sheffield Warrencliff War Hospital near London to care for British soldiers. In July 1918 Ruth arrived in Rouen, France where she contracted dysentery while caring for German prisoners. Upon her recovery in the winterof 1919, she was transferred to Mars-Sur-Allien, France and then to Menton, France, and finally to Brest, France. She arrived home on June 19, 1920. She married Alfred Edward Bruerton on August 19, 1925. She died onMarch 25, 1979.

342nd Field Artillery : Lt. C.J. Hansen was assigned to the 342nd Field Artillery, 89th Division in January 1918. The 342nd Field Artilery was organized on September 5, 1917 at Camp Funton, Kansas under Col. George A. Nugent. The regiment left Camp Funston on June 3, 1918 and disembarked to Europe,landing in Liverpool on July 10, 1918. The regiment left for Camp de Souge on August 3rd and began a six week course at the School of Fire. During the course of WWI the regiment was position at: Toul, Menil-la-Tour, Bernecourt, Flirey, Essey, Pannes, Bouillonville, St. Mihiel, Nosard, and Boid de Mort Mare among other places.

From the guide to the Gary B. Hansen Photograph Collection., 1915-1919, (Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives)

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