PHILLIP SAND HANSELBeloved Swim Coach Splashes On Phill Hansel was the award winning swimming coach at the University of Houston for 39 years. He formed and coached the powerhouse Shamrock Hilton Swim team for a dozen years starting in 1957 and then coached the Houston Swim Club. The Phill Hansel Swim Academy instructors have taught thousands of Houstonians to learn to swim and be safe in water. Phill Hansel was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 18, 1925 and died on Friday, August 6, 2010 at the Houston VA hospital after 85 years of living and a brief illness brought on by a fall. He was alert, promising to teach the nurses to swim and cracking bad jokes until the end. He is survived by his children: Virginia (Ginger) Elaine Hansel and husband, Peter Van Overen (Austin, TX); Vernon Edward (Hansel) Tejas and wife, Carole Tejas (NY, NY); Phillip Sand Hansel II and wife, Janice (Village Mills, TX); David Robert Hansel and wife, Christine (Denton, TX); Janice Augusta (Hansel) Lazaris and husband, John (Houston, TX); Carin Maureen (Hansel) Trant and husband, Rickey Wayne Trant (LaPorte,TX); Joshua Isak Hansel (Houston, TX); Holly Elizabeth Hansel (Houston, TX); step-daughter, Ashley Cox (Houston, TX) and three former wives: Janice (Hansel) Muetzel, Nancy (Johnson) Hansel and Barbara (Cox) Hansel. He was predeceased by his older brother Vernon Ellsworth Hansel, Jr. and by his parents, Vernon Ellsworth Hansel and Astrid Sand Hansel. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the University of Houston Phill Hansel Swimming Excellence Fund. A memorial service is being planned for Friday, August 13, 2010 in the UH A.D Bruce Religion Center (713) 743-5050. Private graveside ceremonies, with military honors will be held at the Houston National Cemetery. For more details and photos: web.me.com/ghansel
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 8, 2010