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Lars Alvin Hennum

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Lars Alvin Hennum Obituary
Lars Alvin Hennum

Lars Hennum, June 18, 1918 to April 1, 2013, resident of Seattle, Washington. The child of Norwegian immigrants, he attended Ronald Grade School and Lincoln High, received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington, and did graduate study in bacteriology. He worked as a pharmacist, as a negotiator for the Retail Clerk's union, as a state lobbyist, and on the State Board of Pharmacy. He was honored as a distinguished alumnus by the Pharmacy School of the University of Washington. After retiring, he remained active in issues of health care and aging into his 80s always advocating for the unfortunate, serving as president of the Washington State Council for Senior Citizens and as president of the Resident's Council at Horizon House. He played oboe in the UW Concert Band, the University Symphony, and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, where he met his first wife, Mary Hennum. They owned a store in Lynden, built a house in Edmonds (for which Lars did wiring and bricklaying at night and on weekends while working full time in Seattle), and raised three sons. Divorced in 1970, he remarried to Claire Green in 1974, enjoying happy years of culture, socializing, and gardening. Preceded in death by Claire, he is survived in the next generation by Joany and Robert, Vaughan and Martha, Nels, and Erik and Carol; in the following generation by Susan, Barbara, Claudia, Miranda, Taylor, and Mia; and by many dear friends. Donations may be made to the Horizon House Residents Assistance Fund ( or to the Seattle Symphony (
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2013
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