Ruth Aldridge Hansen, for 67 years, wife of Hap Hansen former Brandywine Raceway CEO and track president and Harness Tracks of America officer, passed away surrounded by her husband and family, at her residence at Plantation Estates, Matthews, N.C. on April 9, 2013.
Mrs. Hansen is survived by her husband, Wilmer :Hap: Hansen; her son Kent (wife, Cathy), of Boulder Col. and daughter Karen Schulze (Marshall Asnen), of Philadelphia, Pa.; grandchildren, Kristen McDermott (husband, Jason) of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Derek Schulze (Jennifer), of Charlotte, N.C, and her two great grandchildren, Sydney Anne and William Schulze.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Hansen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Following graduation in 1945, she was married to her husband, Hap, then an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.
The Hansens moved to Wilmington, Del. in 1952, where they would reside for the next 48 years. While in Delaware, she enjoyed volunteering for a number of organizations: Junior Board of the Memorial Division, Wilmington Medical Center, Delaware Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Wilmington City PanHellenic Association, St. John's Episcopal Church, American Association of University Women and Alfred I. DuPont Childrens' Hospital.
A personal highlight was her involvement with Winterthur Museum and Gardens where she began as a volunteer for the Spring Tour in 1963. Mrs. Hansen continued with a 25 year career as a senior guide. She enjoyed several arts-oriented trips abroad organized by Museum guides. Her service is remembered with an honorary bench near the Museum main entrance.
After the closing of Brandywine Raceway, the Hansens moved to North Carolina in 2000 and continued to purse their hobby of traveling.
A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Ruth Hansen will be held in the Auditorium at Plantation Estates on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Inurnment will be at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a contribution in memory of Ruth A. Hansen to an organization meaningful to her: Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, P.O. Box 38, Columbus OH 43216 or www.kappa.org/donation: Winterthur Museum Development Office, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE ; Hospice & Palliative Care/Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204.
by Marv BACHRAD