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Randolph Y. (Ran) HENNES Ran Hennes has given his last lecture. Randolph York (Ran) Hennes passed away at age 79 on Monday evening, September 13, 2010. His lymphoma, which he had lived with for years, suddenly flared, leading to several complications and ending in his final peaceful moments surrounded by his family at Virginia Mason hospital. Ran was born November 17, 1930, in Seattle, Washington, to Albert F. and Elma Hawkins Hennes. He grew up on Magnolia, attending Queen Anne High School, class of 1948. He attended the University of Washington on a NROTC scholarship, graduating with a B.A. in 1952 and receiving his ensign's commission. After three years in the Navy, including service in the Pacific during the Korean War period, he returned to the University and completed his Ph.D. in history. It was during this time that his three daughters- Katherine, Kristin and Robin were born to his first wife, Virginia Schaaf Morrison. Years later, following a romantic reunion in Greece, Ran married his second wife, Nancy Maddox Hennes, on the Naval Base in Athens. Ran and Nancy then spent time teaching at Wayne State University in Detroit where their son, Alex, was born. A return to the University of Washington in 1971 began a 40- year career during which he served as Associate Director in the UW Honors Program and taught a variety of courses in military history. For many years he provided advising service to incoming students and their families, including student- athletes in the athletic depart ment, keeping them on track aca demically and helping them navi gate the university system. Generations of Honors students and student-athletes have bene fitted from Ran's assistance. Ran had four main interests: his children, his war stories from all centuries, his students, and his Huskies. He was a huge fan and supporter of Husky football, basketball and crew, and kept in touch with many of his former students, now scattered across the U.S. Ran is survived by his four children: Kathy Crothers, Kris Kerth (Peter), Robin (Tim Braun), Alex (Cynthia), his brother John and eight grandchil dren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jim and one of his grandchildren. A memorial service and celebra tion of Ran's life will be held Sunday, October 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. In lieu of flowers the family sug gests donations to the Ran Hennes Honors Scholarship, University of Washington Foundation, Box 359505, Seattle, WA 98195. Sign Ran's on-line Guest Book at www. Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 19, 2010
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