–30– for Jean Hansen, New England Printer & Publisher Editor, Publisher and MoP Treasurer

Jean HansenJean Hansen (89) passed peacefully in her home on December 8 sur­rounded by family.

Jean and her husband Norman published and edited New England Printer and Publisher for 15 years. Additionally they were involved in the New England Printing Equipment Show and the New Hampshire Printing Show when regional tradeshows were a mainstay of printing products and services.

One of her assignments to a writer was to cover a meeting at the Boston Globe of about 20 people who wanted to start a printing museum. That group became known as The Friends of the Museum of Printing and after many years of collecting they opened the doors in 1999 at their first museum location in North Andover, MA.

Jean covered the Museum opening and wrote a number of stores promoting the museum. After selling NEP&P to Printing Industries of New England (PINE), New England’s largest printing organization, she and Norman became hands-on active in the Museum and helped build the museum in its early years.

Jean was a board member of the Museum of Printing and was its Treasurer for several years.

When she visited the Museum at its new Haverhill location six weeks before her death she was taken aback by the new professional look and the depth of the exhibits. While she would not take any credit, she deserved much for shepherding the museum in its early years; she was amazed to see the transformation.

That was typical of Jean. Throughout her life she was dedicated quietly enriching the lives of others through leadership roles in church and community organizations. She had several roles in the Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport; helped create A Roof over Your Head to help struggling families find homes until they can get their feet back on the ground, and was active in the League of Women Voters.

After passing the printing torch she and Norman traveled extensively throughout the USA and internationally. One of their last trips took them to what are now some of the hot spots of the Middle East. She was an avid reader on a wide range of subjects, quickly taking eBooks, in part, because it was easier to carry a tablet than a bag of books.

Jean is survived by Norman and their children, Kathy and Stephen Hansen, both New York City, and Susan Pramberg of Newton, NH and by five grandchildren.


–30– is the traditional print indicator for End of Story. It has lost favor in electronic publishing. We use it here with the utmost respect and gratitude.

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