Eldon Clair Hanes

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New London - Eldon Clair Hanes, 89, of New London and Mystic, Conn., formerly of Naples, Fla., died on Jan. 28, 2014.He was born in St. Louis on Sept. 8, 1924, to parents Rev. Frederick Hanes and Mildred Yost. The son of a Lutheran minister during the Great Depression, he moved from parish to parish in the Midwest as a young man with his sister, Marguerite, and four brothers, Keith, Fred, Maurice and David.Eldon proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He later enrolled at Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio, where he met his college sweetheart, Carol Parmley. They were married in July 1949 and were looking forward to celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary this year.Following graduation, Eldon worked for Indiana Bell until 1953, when he was recruited by the N.Y. Telephone Company. In 1956, he was admitted to the Alfred P. Sloan Fellows Program at the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. in Boston, graduating with an M.S. Afterward, Eldon went to work for AT&T in Manhattan, moving the family to Lloyd Harbor on Long Island's north shore, where they made their home for many years. He became president of one of AT&T's subsidiaries in New York City, the 195 Broadway Corporation, and later retired from AT&T in February of 1985.Among his many professional accomplishments, he was especially proud of his role in the design and construction of the AT&T headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J. Eldon served as chairman of the board of Bankers Federal Savings and Loan in New York City and as a director and later chairman of the board of Syska & Hennessy Group, an engineering firm in New York and San Francisco, retiring as chairman in 2010. He also served on the board of the Salvation Army.In retirement, Eldon and Carol were snowbirds, moving between homes in Naples, Fla., and New London for more than 25 years. Eldon was an avid golfer and businessman and also enjoyed his time on the paddle tennis and tennis courts during his years in Lloyd Harbor. On Long Island, where his passion for golf began, he was president of the Huntington Country Club from 1973 to 1975. He was also a member of the Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Fla., Lake Sunapee Country Club and Baker Hill Golf Club in New Hampshire and Morris County Golf Club in New Jersey. He also enjoyed spending time on the water, fishing and boating on Long Island Sound and the lakes in New Hampshire. Above all else, Eldon was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, and his greatest passion was taking care of his family and spending time with family and friends. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.Eldon is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carol Parmley Hanes; son Jeff of Eugene, Ore.; son and daughter-in-law Tim and Ellen of Locust Valley, N.Y.; and daughter Holly of Fairfield, Conn. He is also survived by two brothers, Fred and David; as well as grandchildren Ian, Katie and Gaylen; and his beloved granddog, Emma..

SERVICES: There will be a memorial service for family and close friends at St. John's Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., on April 12.Those who wish to remember Eldon may contribute to St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 266, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 or to the Rev. Fred M. Hanes Memorial Scholarship Fund, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Indiana-Kentucky, 5215 N. 450 W., Angola, IN 46703.

Published in Union Leader on Apr. 6, 2014
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