Hanson T. Carroll
Plantation Key, Fla. — Hanson T. Carroll, Photographer, Outdoorsman, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, peacefully in his home on Plantation Key.
Born Nov. 15, 1928, in Buffalo, N.Y. the son of Marshall and Josephine Carroll. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Hartland,Vt. to run the Three Pines Dairy Farm.
At age 15, Hanson became crew aboard the 142’ oceanographic research ketch “Atlantis” and sailed the Oceans out of Woods Hole, Mass. He then enlisted in the Army and became an infantryman and was later selected to train recruits at West Point until discharged in 1951.
In 1950, Hanson married Louise Loening and purchased a farm in Norwich Vt. Together they had a daughter Mia. At that time he was employed as a photographer for the Valley News and the UPI wire. In 1956, the marriage ended and in 1958 he married Gloria Densmore. Together in Norwich they raised two sons, Jay and Chris.
Living as a Freelance photographer Hanson’s determination and love of Photography provided a successful career filling the pages and covers of national magazines and international advertising campaigns. His work and life centered around the outside world of skiing, fishing, bird-hunting, canoing, sailing, windsurfing, camping and bicycling. He traveled often on assignment and personal adventures, many of which involved the entire family.
His photographic accomplishments gained many notable credits and an eight-year Staff position with Sports Afield Magazine. His proudest achievement was being listed by Time/Life magazine in the 100 best photographers in the last 100 years. Vermont was home and he lived most of his life there, his work appeared frequently in Vermont Life.
Sailing however was a deep-rooted passion of his and kept a sailboat moored in on the Maine coast that seasonally made the trip south to the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. The Florida Keys became a more permanent home throughout the 90’s with only summers in Vermont. After the death of his wife Gloria in 1997, the Keys became his full time home and the Norwich farmhouse was sold. He continued to photograph the outside world of fly-fishing and sport-fishing from his home on Plantation Key.
Hanson led a very active, “sporty” life right to the end. Riding a 26” 10 speed touring bicycle five miles every day and still driving and hauling his flats skiff with a small, two-seat Miata convertible sports car which he could barley get in and out of. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday with friends and family as-well-as five years of sobriety. He left us all early Saturday morning before daylight sitting on his bed made neatly, feet on the ground, clothed and ready for the day but suddenly became lifeless. He will be missed.
Hanson is survived by: Mia Edsall – Bellevue, Idaho; granddaughter, Anna Edsall – Santa Barbara, Ca., Jay H. Carroll – White Salmon, Wash., Chris R. Carroll – Norwich, Vt., granddaughter, Teal Carroll – Boston, Mass.; grandson, Duncan Carroll – Sharon, Vt. He is Predeceased by his parents, Marshall and Josephine, his brother, Marshall, Jr and his wife, Gloria.
There will be no calling hours or services per Hanson’s wishes. The family plans to distribute his cremated remains in the Florida Bay on the spring tides of May.