Robert Allen Hansen

Feb. 9, 1923 - July 14, 2007

Robert Allen Hansen, 84, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 9, 1923, in Milwaukee, to parents Joseph and Pearl (nee Brott) Hansen.

Bob attended Marquette University High School, graduating in 1941. He attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, earning a bachelor of science in marine engineering. Following graduation, Bob married his beloved wife, Marie Therese Esser. They were blessed with three children, John, Karen and Mark.

Bob went on to attend the masterís program at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Along with his education, Bob's natural talents laid the groundwork for a long, successful career as an entrepreneur. Bob, as CEO, was instrumental in the turnaround of Waukesha Bearings, supplier of bearings and seals to the U.S. Navy. He was founder and CEO for Marchem Resources Inc., designer and manufacturer of bearings and seals for the hydrocarbon processing industry. Bob was founder and CEO of Global Exterior Systems, a manufacturer of coating systems used for building structures. Bob's greatest business achievement was his role in founding Cogen Technologies, the largest independent electricity cogenerator in the United States. After the sale of Cogen Technologies in 1999, he continued to work tirelessly in venture capital and real estate investments.

Throughout his life, Bob was involved in many organizations, including the Young Presidents Organization, the World Presidents Organization, the Employers Association of Milwaukee, the World Business Council, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and various church organizations. Most importantly, Bob and his wife worked together to develop The Robert and Marie Hansen Foundation, dedicating themselves to charitable philanthropy in research and education. Bob was an honest, generous man, who mentored many friends and family members, both personally and professionally.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jacob and Mary Hansen and Albert and Annie Brott; parents, Joseph and Pearl Hansen; brother, Warren Hansen; and many aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife, Marie; his children, John Hansen, Karen (Larry) Whitworth and Mark (Joan) Hansen; his grandchildren, Paul (Lea) Clifton, Peter (Celina) Clifton and Erik (Carilyn) Hansen; his great-grandchildren, Lauren Clifton, Catherine Clifton, Avery Clifton and Madelaine Eve Hansen; his aunt, Gladys (nee Brott) Reiter; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family will greet friends from 12:30 p.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial Mass on Wednesday, July 18, at Santa Catalina Catholic Church, 14380 North Oracle Road, Catalina, AZ 85739. Locally, a memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, at The Robert and Marie Hansen Family Theatre, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, 4257 N. 100th St., Milwaukee, WI 53222. A public burial will take place at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Newburg.

Adair Funeral Home, (520) 742-7901, 8090 N. Northern Ave., Tucson, AZ 85704, is serving the family.