The Obit For Harry Hannum

Harry Hannum
(1921 - 2013)

Published in The News-Press from February 28 to March 2, 2013

Harry Mack Hannum, formerly of Cincinnati, OH, and recently of Cape Coral, FL, passed away 2/23/13 at the age of 91.

After graduating from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH, Harry earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati, although his education was interrupted when he served his country as a B-25 pilot in the Pacific Theater of World War II, service for which he was decorated. Continuing in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he ultimately devoted 30 years of service and obtained the rank of Lt. Col. He enjoyed flying recreationally for many years afterward.

Harry devoted 31 years to his passion for education. His many roles included teacher, football coach, host of a driver's education series on PBS, principal (of Woodward high school, where his reputation was noted in a Life magazine article), and ultimately, superintendent (of Finneytown Schools).

Another of Harry's lifelong passions was sports. He played minor league baseball for the Fort Pierce Bombers in the Florida East Coast League, softball into his 70s, and golf into his 80s. He co-founded the Miami View Golf Club and was a longtime member of the Cape Coral Country Club. He avidly followed the Cincinnati Reds and UC Bearcats.

Harry is survived by Shirley (Steinfeld), his wife of 63 years whom he met and wed during college; son Wayne Hannum (Virginia); daughters Lynne Stewart (Mark) and Gail Rodgers (David); and 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by son Scott Hannum (Pam).

Harry was well-liked and appreciated by everyone he met. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association.