Dr. Lincoln F. Hanson died peacefully on Monday Oct. 1 at the age of 92. An active member of the Vineyard community, among other things he had been a founder and teacher at the Nathan Mayhew Seminars, the college-level Vineyard Haven institution that thrived in the 1980s.
Born in Lincoln, he grew up in Cambridge. He attended Cambridge schools, Andover Academy and Brown University, obtaining his doctoral degree in education from Columbia University.
He taught learning theory at the University of Buffalo, Middlebury College, Columbia University, American University, Tatnall School in Delaware, and John’s Hopkins University for Research and he was head of College A in Rockland County, N.Y.
The Hanson family summered on the Island for 60 years before making the Vineyard their permanent home 24 years ago.
As a year-round resident, Mr. Hanson was Mr. Volunteer on the Island, especially at the Community Solar Greenhouse, Windemere, Habitat for Humanity and Nathan Mayhew Seminars. His family and his teaching were his greatest loves, but caring for all was his greatest contribution.
He was married to Allen Schauffler for 62 years, and was a loving father of four: Leslie Look of Edgartown, Sara Alwardt of West Tisbury, Stephen Hanson of North Attleboro and Kim Hanson of Aspen, Colo. He had eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Linc’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Sailing Camp in Oak Bluffs off Barnes Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Solar Greenhouse, P.O. Box 2048, Oak Bluffs MA 02557, or Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1093 Vineyard Haven, MA 02568-0902.