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Hans Wilhelm Mauritzen

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Hans Wilhelm Mauritzen

Age 76, died September 6, 2013, peacefully at his home in Bellevue, WA.

He is survived, locally, by his wife Irina, son Andrew, daughters Christine and Nina, grandsons Carter, Wyatt and Alexander, and in Norway by brother Sverre and sisters Hildur and Karen.

Born in Stavanger, Norway, February 25, 1937 to parents Svend and Hildur Mauritzen. Hans moved to the United States to attend the University in Montana and later received his MBA from UCLA thus beginning his life and business career in America. After many years in New York he moved his family to Seattle and co-founded Sunmar Shipping.

Through the years and after retiring as CEO of Sunmar in 2001, Hans spent a significant amount of his time supporting the Norwegian-American community. Hans served as Chairman of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce in 1986 and received the NACC Annual Award in 2000. He was involved in the formation of the Norwegian-American Foundation, serving as its Chairman in 2002-2003. Hans will be remembered for his generosity, his keen sense of humor and his infamous stubbornness. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met and will be missed.

There will be a memorial celebration for Hans at the Nordic Heritage Museum on Sat, Sept 14 at 4:30pm.
Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013
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