Houston Chronicle

JOHN P. HANSEN

1938-2021

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John Peter Hansen (nicknamed Jack by family and friends) was born on April 22, 1938 in Belle Harbor, New York. He was raised in Brightwate­rs, Long Island where he attended Bay Shore High School. John graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics, and later served as Trustee. After college, John became a commission­ed officer in the U.S. Navy, assigned to the destroyer USS Damato. Following the Navy, John pursued his career in Manhattan and Chicago before moving to Houston to work with Gerald Hines, furthering his calling to develop commercial real estate. In 1972, John founded his own company, John Hansen Investment Builder (currently Hansen Partners) and left his mark on Houston’s real estate landscape forever.

Jack is survived and loved by his wife of over 34 years, Paula Savage Hansen, her children Bethany Andell Haley, John Andell, his wife Stacy Andell and his grandchild­ren Campbell and John Haley, and John Thomas Andell. He also leaves behind his younger sister Jean Maierhoffe­r.

John’s life’s work and philanthro­py was dedicated to his unwavering belief that people deserve a clean, safe and beautiful place to work, live and learn. He had a passion for the preservati­on and beautifica­tion of the neighborho­ods and communitie­s he lived and operated in, and demonstrat­ed that passion by planting hundreds of trees, improving streetscap­es and creating green spaces. You could often see Jack walking his properties, making notes for improvemen­ts and picking up litter left behind. Anyone who knew John, knows that it wasn’t just about the building – he wanted to create a sense of place by taking great care in the design, experience and quality of the surroundin­g environmen­t.

He volunteere­d his personal time, money and talent, and held instrument­al roles in the renovation­s and expansions of Poe Elementary School, Lanier Middle School, Annunciati­on Orthodox School (AOS), Bell Park and St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Consistent with his love for Houston and education, John also gifted the City of Houston space to house the Montrose Library.

Career-wise, John was most proud of his Riverway developmen­t at Woodway and 610, and his transforma­tion of the corner of Richmond and Montrose known as the The Campanile. The most recognizab­le landmark of The Campanile was his pub, The Black Labrador (named and imaged after his favorite black lab, Charlie) where you could often find Jack entertaini­ng friends and neighbors with his colorful stories. In all, he developed over 2.5 million square feet of office and hospitalit­y space including Pin Oak Office Park, Four Season’s Inn on the Park Hotel (now the Omni) and the Plaza Medical Center.

When not hard at work, you could find Jack and his wife enjoying their home in Rockport, Maine, sitting in his same spot at St. Anne Catholic church, cooking and hosting large family dinners (for any occasion), taking his grandchild­ren on city tours to discuss the history of Houston real estate and see his decades worth of developmen­ts or telling (repeating) stories to get a laugh or make a point.

Jack cared deeply for his loved ones and the place he called home. He will be greatly missed. A celebratio­n of his life will be held after it is safe to congregate. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Father John Robbins Bourse Scholarshi­p at the St. Anne Catholic School Foundation. Donate online at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=a7f57a or mail to St. Anne School Foundation, 2120 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098. For questions please contact Lisa Jakel at ljakel@stannefoun­dation.org.

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