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Stanley J. Hanna, chief of state purchasing board

Career as state purchasing chief spanned more than three decades

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

4:26 PM EDT, August 30, 2013

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Stanley J. Hanna, former chief of the Maryland State Purchasing Board, died Aug. 16 of corticobasal syndrome, a rare and progressive neurodegenerative disease, at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. He was 87.

The son of a stockbroker and a music teacher, Stanley Justice Hanna was born at home in Garrison and raised there.

After graduating from Franklin High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the destroyer USS Mayrant in both the Atlantic and Pacific as a yeoman.

Discharged in 1946, he began his studies at night at the Johns Hopkins University, and in 1947 he began his state career as a buyer's clerk at what was then the Rosewood State Training School.

In 1962, he was transferred to the state Department of Budget and Procurement, where he was promoted to assistant buyer and then buyer. He was appointed chief of the Maryland State Purchasing Board, a position he held until retiring in 1982.

His professional memberships included the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Purchasing Management Association of Baltimore and the National Association of State Purchasing Officials.

Mr. Hanna received awards for his work from the National Association of Purchasing Agents in 1976 and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing in 1978. In 1981, he was elected president of the National Association of Purchasing Agents, and the next year Gov. Harry R. Hughes presented him with a lifetime certification.

He had been an active member of the Parent-Teacher Association for Sparks Elementary and Hereford High schools, and was president of the Sparks PTA from 1968 to 1969. From 1971 to 1975, he was a member of the Northwest Area Advisory Council to the Baltimore County Board of Education.

From 1971 to 1981, he served as chairman of the trustees for Bosley United Methodist Church.

In his retirement, Mr. Hanna was a consultant to BidNet, a leading government service provider, and worked part time for Sparks National State Bank.

The former longtime Sparks resident, who moved to the Masonic Home nine years ago, was an Orioles fan and enjoyed collecting and working on antique clocks. He was also a world traveler, and since 2007 had been a Mason and a member of the Warren Lodge.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 in the chapel of the Maryland Masonic Home, 300 International Circle.

Mr. Hanna is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Charlotte M. Chilcoat; a son, Dwight Hanna of Monkton; a daughter, Charlene "Char" Rice of Queenstown; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com