The Obit For Hal Swanson

Ex-FBI Agent Swanson, 82, Dies

FROM: The Knoxville News-Sentinel ~

Harold C. (Hal) Swanson, retired FBI agent and former Knox County Sheriff's Office administrator, died Tuesday at Park West Medical Center. He was 82.

Mr. Swanson, a Wisconsin native, graduated from Bucknell University after serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. He was a standout athlete in several sports and was drafted by the New York Giants professional football team.

He was a pitcher for the Knoxville Smokies baseball team from 1949-51.

When injuries curtailed his athletic career, he became an FBI agent. His assignments included New Haven, Boston, Dallas, South Carolina and Washington, D.C., where he was a supervisory special agent.

He was special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City office when he was picked to direct the Knoxville office in 1975. He retired from the FBI in 1979.

Mr. Swanson served as a top aide for Sheriff Joe Fowler from 1982 until 1990, when Fowler lost a re-election bid to Tim Hutchison.

Mr. Swanson was a Lutheran and a member of the former Special Agents Association, Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Knoxville Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Marna French Swanson; daughter and son-in-law Drs. Lorna Kelley and James Kelley; grandchildren Leiza Kelley, Yana Kelley, Christy Raines and husband Shawn, all of Knoxville, and Shane Kelley and wife Lisa of Memphis; sister
Lorraine Heckert of Eugene, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.