Susannah Merry Hanson: Obituary

Image 17Susannah Merry Hanson

Susannah Merry Hanson, age 27, passed away suddenly on November 13 in Los Angeles, California after a brief illness.

She was born in Selma, California on December 31, 1986.  She is survived by her mother Cara Webb Hanson of Clovis and Santa Cruz; her father Victor Davis Hanson of Selma; her older sister Pauline Davis Hanson Steinback, brother-in-law Shane Steinback and their daughters Maeve and Lila Steinback of Santa Cruz; and her brother William Frank Hanson of Clovis.

She is also survived by her maternal grandparents Armond and Tawana Webb of Coarsegold, and uncles and aunts Alfred and Karen Hanson of Selma, Nels and Vicki Hanson of San Luis Obispo, Maren Nielsen and Rory Robertson of Fresno, Dan and Cheryl Webb of Woodbridge, and Brenda Morton of Madera.

Susannah was the sixth generation of the Davis family to have lived in the same house on the family’s small grape farm southwest of Selma, California, which had been homesteaded by Susannah’s great-great-great grandmother Lucy Anna Davis in the late 1870s, and was also the birthplace of her paternal grandmother, the late Justice Pauline Davis Hanson of Fresno. Susannah was the granddaughter of William F. Hanson, whose family was descended from the original group of 19th-century Swedish pioneer founders of Kingsburg, California. Shortly before her passing she was making plans to return to the Selma farm, and continue her career from the Selma area.Image 43

Susannah led a wonderful though often hectic life, graduating from University High School on the California State University, Fresno campus. She received a BA degree in European History and a minor in Classical Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. Susannah was employed as a research analyst and biographer in the Office of University Advancement at the University of Southern California, where she helped to develop strategies to support fund-raising for USC’s graduate operations, especially the School of Medicine.

Susannah was certified to teach English as a second language, and in 2008 taught at Duoc UC Vocational College in Santiago, Chile, where she became an accomplished Spanish speaker. In addition, each spring she worked as a travel coordinator and co-organizer with her father of historical tours of Europe. Despite her young age, Susannah traveled to Europe ahead of the group to confirm the logistics and to meet members of the tour when they arrived.

Image 15Susannah, known to her family and friends as “Suzy,” was beloved by anyone who encountered her infectious laugh and her zeal for life and adventure. But she was perhaps best known for the human kindness she extended to everyone she met. She was especially drawn to the sick and elderly, which reflected her sense of public service. On the European trips she ensured that no tour member was ever left alone or without companionship.

Her family and friends feel blessed that even for such a brief time that they were able to be with such a kind soul and accomplished talent. She grew up packing fruit and working in the fields of the family farm, a childhood that fostered a singular work ethic, gave her a sense of independence and fearlessness, and grounded her in reality and modesty wherever she worked and traveled. She loved the San Joaquin Valley, and despite her residence and visits abroad, she always managed to return to the farm, where she felt most at home with her family and childhood friends.

Susannah was the center of life for her parents and siblings, who were blessed with daily conversations with her, especially her upbeat advice to appreciate the small things unnoticed around us, not to fear the unknown, and to take one day at a time. She was the delight of her two nieces Maeve and Lila who adored her as much as she did them. Her brother Bill Hanson kept his lifetime constant watch over his beloved younger sister, which brought to Susannah solace and reassurance in challenging times.IMG_5843

Remembrances may be sent to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (340 W Fallbrook Ave Suite 101, Fresno, CA 93711).

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680 thoughts on “Susannah Merry Hanson: Obituary”

  1. My heartfelt condolences to the Hanson family. It is my fervent hope that the years of good memories will get you through this difficult time. God bless.

  2. Dear Mr. Hanson,

    I am a great fan of your column and your books. I am so sorry to read about the death of your daughter.

    Sincerely, Stephen Miller

  3. My sincere condolences, Mr. Hanson, on the loss of your beloved daughter. Your post beautifully captures the life of this special young woman. May God bless you and your family at this time of profound loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

  4. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I hope you have the strength to carry on fighting the good fight. I don’t think I would if I lost mine, but you help so many of us make sense of the insanity of modern America that we all pray you find the strength to continue.

  5. There is a classical graveyard in Athens, with a statue of a young beautiful girl holding a flower. The grieving, bewildered parents apparently had this inscription made, as the only way to make sense of the tragedy: “The Gods loved her so much, they took our daughter for their own.” Perhaps so, here as well. So sorry, Dr. Hanson.

    1. Well, truly, & righteously said. May God grant you & your family the solace you deserve and comfort in the thought your daughter is safe with Him.

  6. The Jackson and Ostrom Families of Kingsburg send our most sincere condolences. We ache with your family for your daughters passing. We pray for your comfort during your time of sorrow. Suzy’s obituary is so well written and gives us a small look at a beautiful person who lived life large. We so appreciate your entire family, your heritage and what you contribute to our world and politic. With Love, Robert David Jackson, the Hershel Jackson Families and the David Ostrom Families of Kingsburg.

  7. I join with those messages above, and send my deep sympathy to you all. What a huge loss! May Heaven seem nearer, as you have one more family member there.

  8. Raymond N. Fleischman Jr.

    To Mr. Hanson and Family:
    My deepest sympathy in the time of sorrow and loss. My hope is for a swift healing of grief and a life of dear remembrances.

  9. SIncere condolences to your entire family, Dr. Hanson. Such a tragic loss. She was evidently a wonderful person who will be missed and grieved by all. Bless you and your family in these difficult times.

  10. What an amazing and fruitful life in so little time. My condolences to you and to all that knew and loved her. God Bless.

  11. My sincere condolences to the Hanson family. I am reminded of the Gibran quote, may it bring you some measure of solace…

    When you part from a friend, grieve not.
    For that which you miss most in her becomes
    Clearer in her absence, as the mountain to the Climber
    becomes clearer from the Plain.

    (not a direct quote)….

  12. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hanson,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. What a beautiful life. Made beautiful, I am sure, by the many gifts of love you gave her, and which she so evidently returned to so many others. You are all in my prayers.

  13. Dear Mr. Hanson, as a nurse for many years, I am aware of the devastation death can have on a family particularly the death of a child. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    ” Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
    Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
    I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.”

    Dirge Without Music
    By Edna St. Vincent Millay

  14. Victor–

    Deeply saddened by the new of your Susannah. I’ll hug my own tighter tonight. God bless your family now and eternally.

  15. My deepest sympathy on this very sad occasion to you and your family. The loss of a child is an inconsolable grief. Many including me, are with you in this dark time. Helen Parnagian

  16. Kathleen Boldrick

    Such beauty must have charmed everyone. Susannah Merry Hanson filled her short life with love and many worthy endeavors, which brought happiness to those she met. May she have God’s eternal reward for her kindness to others. May you be consoled.

  17. To the Hanson Family:
    In this time of unfathomable grief and sorrow, may you draw comfort from your memories and peace from your faith.

  18. Sincerest condolences to the Hanson family and to all who knew her.

    “They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ William Penn

  19. Heartfelt sympathy. May God sustain you through this tearing time of loss. Thank you for sharing this with your readers and fans.

  20. Frank LaGrotteria

    Dr. Hanson, your daughter was a portrait of goodness. Her life of public service, work ethic, modesty and love of family and friends is a model for all to emulate. I am sure she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. We who read your column can easily recognize the fruits of you and your wife’s labors in her short life and, although deeply painful to see it end too soon, can rejoice in a life well spent. As you know, many live long lives, but that does not mean they are lives of virtue. Thank you again and again for offering your wisdom and guidance, your “other” children are still in need of your words – please march forward!

  21. Glenn and Maria Swiatek

    Dear Dr. Hanson,

    Words, written or spoken, are so inadequate at a time like this. Please accept our condolences and prayers. Always remember the good times, and her wonderful smile.

  22. Ken and Shawna Risenhoover

    Prayers and our condolences for you and your family during this very sad time. May god be with you and your family!!

  23. Dear Mr. Hanson,

    My family grieves with your family. The loss of your wonderful child diminishes all of us,
    You are all in our thoughts.

  24. Mr Hanson,

    I offer my deepest condolences Professor. I pray that you and yours find the strength to whether this great tragedy. I hope that some kind words from a stranger on the far coast might, in some small way, lessen the impact of what you are feeling.

    Warmest Regards and Your Most Humble Servant,
    Dan Irving

  25. I’m very sorry for your loss. Life can be so cruel. I’m happy to hear you got to work together with Suzy on the historical tours. Many parents don’t even get to bond like that with their children. I hope those memories help you get through the pain.

  26. May God heal your grieving hearts during this difficult time. Christ gives us hope, and I pray that it will be especially real to you and your family.

  27. Arlene & Robert Subin

    Dear Mr. Hanson, May the memories of the good times together and your daughter’s accomplishments be a source of inspiration for you in the years to come. You and your family have our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Arlene & Robert Subin

  28. I was deeply saddened by your loss and moved by your tribute. My most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. It is but a blink of God’s eye before we are all back together again. I hope you will draw some comfort from your extended family of the many people you have guided, through your many teachings. May God help you through this difficult time.

  29. May you and your family find comfort and peace in this time of sorrow and reflection. I nearly lost my son at a young age, so I can only barely begin to understand your grief and the questions you and your family will have going forward. May God bless you all, and may you find comfort in each other, and your continued love and memories of your loving daughter.

  30. Dear Sir,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My daughter was born about 4 months after yours and we lost her at 14. The pain wont go away…but you will move on my friend and be left with the good memories. She rests in His mighty arms now.

    Your Friend,

  31. I am sick at heart with this news. My condolences to father and mother, siblings, nieces, grandparents and other relatives and friends who knew this remarkable young lady. May He who is resurrection and life uphold all of you at this time.

  32. Dr. Hanson, I never knew your daughter, yet I am deeply touched as I read your beautiful tribute to Susannah’s life. She accomplished so much and touched so many lives during her all to brief time with you. May the God of all comfort surround you with His presence and grace as you grieve her passing. “The Lord bless you and keep you . . . and make His face to shine upon you . . . and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
    Sincere condolences,
    Jeff Lynch

  33. Mr. Hanson, I had this really strange feeling knowing that you never miss a week with out updating your column. Little did I know it was because of something of such great impact for you. From the story of her life that has been related here we all know that she had to occupy a cherished place in your life. Although we are a most of the continent apart, you views, rooted in the rural lifestyle you knew so well resonated with me, now fully engaged in technology and business but never forgetting my humble beginnings on a Hoosier farm.

    You and your family have my deepest sympathy.

  34. My condolences to the immediate and the extended Hanson family. Words can never suffice, at the loss of so bright a light of intellect and kindness. May she rest in peace.

  35. I come to your page expecting the best in analysis, however this day stunned me. I am so sorry your wonderful child died. You have given us a glimpse and it touches all.

  36. Dear Mr. Hanson, I am so sorry for the grievous loss you have suffered. My sincere condolences on the loss of your sweet and beloved daughter.

  37. As a fellow native Selman (my grandfather farmed along Huntsman Ave for many years), I especially enjoyed reading VDH’s articles and books. My heartfelt condolences to all the family. I will pass the news on to my sister who still lives in Selma.

  38. My heartfelt condolences to you and yours in this difficult time. Our children are the light of our lives and your Suzy will be sorely missed. Lifting you and your family in prayer.

  39. My family and I were very blessed to know Suzy and considered her as a very close friend. We are broken. What a beautiful person she was, inside and out. This world has lost a precious gem. Without a doubt our Heavenly Father has gained. Our deepest condolences to her family. Our prayers are with you.

  40. I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a magnificent human being and I hope you find peace in the wake of this tragedy.

  41. I am so sorry, can not imagine how acute the sense of loss must be. What a beautiful woman and there is such a brightness about her, unmistakable.
    Thank you all for raising such a complete, graceful and compassionate human being.

  42. Dr. Hanson, for many years I have been a great admirer of your political thought. I am very saddened to hear this news. Thank you for this writing. What a lovely young woman! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  43. Having two daughters ages 24 and 30 makes this news that much more upsetting. The photos show a beautiful young woman with what would appear to be her whole life in front of her. Why she was taken at such a young age is known only to God. My condolences to the Hanson family and friends. May her countenance shine upon you as you navigate this difficult period.

  44. Mr. & Mrs. Hanson and family,
    We extend to you our heartfelt sympathy on the very tragic loss of your daughter. Your obituary describes an
    an amazing young lady who enjoyed life to the fullest. Sussanah and your family will be in our prayers.
    May God bless all of you.

  45. What a beautiful tribute to the life of a daughter who mattered so much to so many people. May God grant mercy and grace to all of you and comfort your sorrows. Bless all of you.

  46. My heart is so heavy for all of you. There are really no words to describe the loss of a child. You were blessed with such an amazing daughter. Praying for God’s grace surround you.

  47. Please accept mine and my family’s sincerest condolences
    A young life taken too soon is something we are too are familiar with
    Our thoughts are with you

  48. Walter M. Kisner, Jr.

    I have been a fan of yours for quite a few years now and although we have never met I wish to express my sincerest sympathies for the loss of your beautiful daughter.

  49. I have a daughter that age and cannot fathom the pain you are going through. words fall short. I am so sorry for your loss. my prayer is for your family to have strength and faith.

  50. I extend my condolences to you and to your family in the loss of such a young, vibrant, and lively woman who held such promise. May God grant you his richest blessings and consolation as you grieve your great loss.

  51. Dear Mr Hanson and family,

    I am a fan of your collumns. I have a son and three daughters who are a great blessing. I am sure she brought you great joy in her short life. She looks like a very special person. I am sorry for your loss. May God keep you and your family in perfect peace. God bless

  52. I am so sorry to hear of your heavy loss, and am keeping you in prayer that you might know the peace that passes all understanding.

  53. Your writing has touched my family many times over the years, moving us to think, to reflect and to act. God bless you in your loss. We will keep you in our hearts.

  54. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Mr. Hanson. I wish you and yours strength and peace during this time of what must be a truly unimaginable grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  55. Patricia Ridenour

    Dear Dr. Hanson,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Suzy. I cannot imagine losing a child and you have had a wonderful time with this daughter. May God give you His peace that passes our understanding.
    Patricia Ridenour

  56. VDH: I am saddened to learn of the premature loss of your daughter. I follow all of your columns and am a big fan of your writing, as well a being a long-time researcher of the lymphatic system and father of a 27-yr old daughter. I can’t imagine your grief and will be praying for your family’s strength and unity.

  57. What a tremendous blow to lose someone so young, so accomplished, and so promising. She, no doubt, carried that same deep common sense and wisdom of her Father. Know her spirit will always be with you and with all of those she touched.

  58. Christopher Jensen

    I am dedicated reader of your articles and many of your books. My sincere condolences at the loss of your beautiful daughter. My the Lord bless and keep you during this difficult time.

  59. My heart aches for you and your family at the loss of your daughter. I’ll keep you in my prayers. I don’t know you personally Mr. Hanson, but you have been speaking on my behalf for many years through your writing. May God give you and your family the strength to see you through this difficult passage.

  60. Jim Twark and Monique Coustry

    We have fond remembrances of Susannah from our European trip a few years ago. As stated, she always provided superior service to her fellow travelers. We agree with how special she was and will keep her accommodating spirit in our presence as we go about our daily lives

  61. Please accept my sincere condolences for your profound loss. Thank you for sharing the beautiful obituary you wrote for Susannah. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  62. Dear Mr. Hanson and family,

    You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. You have written a beautiful tribute to your marvelous daughter. All who read it will know her love and talent. Thank you for sharing her with us/

  63. I can’t imagine the pain that you and your family are feeling now, and I wish you all the very best. You have my deep and sincere condolences. Thank you for this post . . . it is a beautiful tribute to a remarkable young lady.

  64. Heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of your bright, beautiful and talented daughter. I have been reading your columns for many years now, you will be in all of our thoughts and prayers.

  65. Dear Mr. Hanson and Family,
    Our little family reads your columns and books with great interest. We were saddened today reading of your loss. I pray you go through this valley, feeling the presence of angels lifting and supporting you and your family.
    Sincerely Eric A. Simmons DO

  66. Graham and Barbara Fisher

    I only met Susannah for a short while on a National Review cruise in 2008, but I remember how much my daughter Sarah and I liked her. She was a lovely young woman; no wonder you are so proud of her.

    We were so shocked to hear of her passing, but the deep shock and sorrow you must be feeling is beyond any words. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers,
    Barbara Fisher

  67. My deepest sympathy to the Hanson family in the sudden loss of their beloved Susannah. Susannah was a bright star, shining down on all that knew her. She had tremendous strength and was always ready to assist, no matter the request. I will miss her beautiful smile and gentle ways.

  68. I am such a fan of your writings and am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know you will treasure even the small time you had with your daughter. Some don’t have even that much.

  69. Eugene Paul Antonioli

    Dear Dr. Hanson,
    It is with a profound sense of loss that I read the news of the passing of your beloved and wholly beautiful daughter Susannah.
    There are no words to assuage the grief you and your family feel at this most difficult of times.
    As a father of five I can think of nothing that would bring more pain than the loss of a child. Though I do not know this type of loss personally, please accept my empathy and prayers.
    God be with you.

  70. Over many years I’ve learned much and have enjoyed things you’ve written and said. In response, I have always hoped you were enjoying your life. I am so sorry you have experienced this tragedy.

  71. Susannah brightened the hallways and classrooms for faculty and fellow students at Pepperdine and reminded us by her example that it is more blessed to give than to receive. She has given us all very much to live up to in our own brief opportunities to make meaning of our lives on this earth.

  72. I’m so sorry to learn of your loss Mr. Hanson. May you and your family find the strength to get through this difficult time.

  73. Mr Hanson, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your daughter. I cannot pretend to understand how this loss impacts you, but know that you have friends outside of the family that will mourn with and for you. You and your family are in our prayers

  74. This is just sad, shattering news. I am comforted slightly by the belief that God has need of her beautiful gifts and outlook. Please accept my family’s condolences. Susannah is in my prayers



    Please accept my condolences on such a horrible loss. She was a beautiful and accomplished young woman. Your tribute is very moving. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Ron Radosh

  76. The gems that are your experiences, knowledge, and wisdom shared in this blog are a weekly inspiration to me. I wish so badly I had words of equal power for you at this time. My condolences on your loss.

  77. How blessed you all were to have her, although for too short a time. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

  78. Dr. Hanson, I am so very sorry to read of your loss. It is inconceivable to me to lose a child. May you be comforted in your sorrow by the love of your God and the love of countless friends and family, and strangers whose lives you have touched by your writings. May her memory be a blessing.

  79. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your daughter. May God grant you and your family comfort in this difficult time of loss, and may her memory be for a blessing to all those who loved her.

  80. Victor, if i may be so personal, my sincerest condolences. I have followed your writings for several years and this piece is no less than your best. It remains an eternal truth that a man ought never have to bury his children.

    I hope that you can come to peace with this loss.

    John Steele

    1. When there was no column, I knew something was very wrong. I am so sorry that you have suffered the loss of your beautiful daughter. I too am a parent who lost a bright and widely-loved son to cancer at age 36, and I know firsthand how that devastating impact can hollow out your heart. I know your Susannah is enfolded now in the light and love of God. My prayers are for you and your family, that you may find comfort together in the memories of those precious tiny moments with Susannah that will come as the first grief subsides.

  81. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will pray that the Lord may accept her in paradise, and may your family know comfort the word cannot give

  82. Dear Prof. Hanson… The Lord bless you and your family, may He make His face shine upon you and give you peace and strength in this difficult time. May the memory of Susannah Merry be a blessing to you as time goes on, a source of faith and inspiration as she was in life. ~ Dan Hennessy

  83. My simple and humble prayers before so great and mysterious an event as you have experienced. I enter this mystery on my knees hoping to elicit some measure of comfort for this remarkable family and the one precious life of Suzy.

  84. My heartfelt condolences to the Hanson family. I am just an admirer of Dr. Hanson’s writings and I know it means very little in this difficult time, but I hope they find strength in knowing they have my thoughts and prayers.

    The Garden of Love

    Fully grown, but still your child,
    A flower in full bloom, plucked
    in her prime.
    Press the precious blossom in
    the book of your memories,
    And there she’ll remain in
    the garden of your love.

    A favorite poem of mine which I hope helps in your time of need.

  85. Cheryl Felicia Rhoads

    Dear Mr. Hanson,

    I met you at an event hosted by David Horowitz and have been a fan now for over 10 years. My sincerest condolences upon the loss of your beautiful daughter. God be with you!

  86. My sincerest sympathies on your family’s loss. I can’t imagine the pain, and my family will be in prayer for yours.

  87. Sorry for the loss of your wonderful daughter. (My daughter is also named Susannah.) May God bless you with peace and comfort.

  88. Heartfelt condolences to the Hanson family from a grateful reader. Hamakom yenachem etchem b’toch she’ar avelai Tziyon Vi’yerushalayim. G-d bless.

  89. I’m so sorry for the loss of this marvelous daughter. Your family will be in my prayers. Your account of her life indicates that she lived every minute of it with grace and courage. What a fine child you raised. You can remember her with love and admiration; although it will hardly fill the enormous wound her loss must have made in your heart.

  90. Our condolences to the Hanson family. May God bless you and give you comfort in this time of difficulty. Stay in peace.

  91. Mr. Hanson, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful and accomplished young woman. May God be with you and your family.

  92. Too soon for such a lovely young lady, and daughter of a great man. Much too soon for us, who will be less for her absence. But if Susannah could speak with us, I’m confident she would say “Don’t weep for me. It’s beautiful here. More beautiful than you could imagine. For those who love God and are called according to His purpose, like my dear dad, I will see you soon! And we will be glad again. No more tears.”

  93. I am so very sorry to hear the loss of your child -yes, child. My sons are close to 50 and I still cannot bear the thought of losing one. The thought is so painful to me that I cannot help but mourn your loss.

  94. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord lift up His Countenance and Give you Peace.
    God Bless Suzy and the Hanson Family.

  95. Dr. Hanson:

    My sincere condolences on the untimely loss of your daughter. May she rest in peace and may the many memories you have shared, sustain you through this sorrowful time.

    With Kindest Regards,

    Jack Raia

  96. Thomas B. N. Dean

    My sincere condolences Dr. Hanson on the loss of your daughter. Though not knowing your family we have followed your writings for many years. Your daughter had a very special talent here but her spirit is now free. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time of your profound loss.

  97. Patricia Gleason

    Mr. Hanson, your pain at the loss of this shining light must be excruciating. May God grant you and your family the strength and grace to deal with this terrible event. Prayers for all.

  98. Betsy, Tommy, Jeff and Mary

    To The Hanson Family,
    Our Hearts and Prayers go out to you at this time of your loss. May yourSusannah’s love and laughter live on in all of us.

  99. Dear Dr. Hanson,

    May God grant you comfort among all the mourners of your community, and may your daughter’s memory be for a blessing.

  100. I’m so sorry for your loss. I am the father of two daughters and I can’t imagine losing either.
    My heart goes out to you and your loved ones.

  101. My condolences to you and to your family. May the joys of her life and your memories of her bright shining star help you through this darkest of times.

  102. I’ve read untold thousands of VDH’s words and I’m at a loss for even one good one here. My thoughts are with you and your family, sir.

  103. As a father who has also tragically lost a daughter, I offer condolences with the knowledge that there are no words equal to the moment. Although you do not know me, I feel as if, through your writings, I know you. So I wanted to let you know that, while the grief is unrelenting and the notion of a return to normal life unfathomable, after due time, it is possible to smile and laugh again. Godspeed.

  104. Prayers and condolences to the Hanson family. May God grant you and your wonderful daughter His peace, and may your fond memories of her help fill the hole in your hearts.

    — Bill Macfadyen
    Santa Barbara

  105. My family went through a similar tragedy when my sister, Sylvia Moyra Björnson, died from leukemia when she was a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School. While her body is gone she lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

  106. May each tear remind you of the infinite love she represents. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. It’s a hole in your heart. But she made your heart whole.
    Thank you Mr. Hanson for your wise words about this perplexing world.

  107. Deepest condolences. Nothing is worse than losing a child. I hope you and your family can find solace in each other.
    Leah Kabaker

  108. My sincerest condolences. May she ride on angel’s wings to our Lord’s house. God bless you and the entire Davis family.

  109. Dear Victor,
    What an absolutely beautiful daughter, inside and out. As the father of
    a daughter myself, I can only imagine the crushing grief of your loss.
    I pray that Ro 8:28 will somehow bring purpose out of tragedy.
    May the Comforter be with you.

  110. Michael & Diane Edmunds

    Mr. Hanson,

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and your family in this time and always and forever. Our prayers are with you all.

  111. VDH, I cannot imagine the grief you and your family must be experiencing. From your beautiful obituary, she sounded like an amazing young woman. You have my condolences and prayers for the repose of her soul.

  112. Mr. Hanson,

    Even though I am in my mid-40s I am just getting started in life in my role as a parent and provider, with two young daughters (5 yrs old and a newborn who flew down from heaven 7 weeks ago). As a teen, having lost two brothers long before their time were tragedies that I felt might equip me to deal with the magnitude of what you are likely undergoing; but learning of your loss is heart-wrenching. My mother survived the loss of two children — and I long admired her strength and perseverance — but I would hardly refer to the “that which did not kill her made her stronger” axiom in her situation or yours. Honor your daughter’s memories; I never knew her, but I will too, as my two girls grow up.

  113. Dear Mr. Hanson, my sympathy and prayers with you and your family. May the Lord hold your hearts in His hands at this time.

  114. Stephen P Feuerbach, M.D.

    Dear Dr. Hanson and Family,
    So sorry to hear about your unexpected loss. Heartfelt and everlasting memories of your Suzy. RIP. You have my deepest sympathy. God bless.

  115. Victor,
    It’s a horrible thing to outlive a child, especially one so full of promise as Susannah. I know you and Cara are shellshocked at this, especially as you have struggled with both chronic and acute physical problems yourself. I remember her on the D. Horowitz trip to Tuscany and the great times we all had. It was so sad for us to hear of it on the NR cruise. Please know that thousands of people are thinking of you and your grief and wishing you and your familly well.
    Norm Hapke

  116. I am so very sorry to hear of your daughter’s untimely passing. My deepest condolences for you and your family in its loss of this earthly treasure. May the Lord provide you grace and love and all that you need during this time. Bless you.

  117. Adding my family’s prayers and heartfelt sympathy and condolences to everyone else’s. I hope your family can find comfort in God’s presence and promise.

  118. Professor, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my family’s sincerest condolences. An unfortunate lesson to have the opportunity to learn, how a father copes with such an unimaginable loss. As the father of three girls myself, 6, 4 and 1, it is a tragic lesson that I will nonetheless take to heart.

  119. Mr. Hanson
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. My daughter Lindsey went to school with Susannah and always spoke highly of her.

  120. Dear VDH, it was with immediate sorrow that I read of the loss of your dear daugter. I know of no words that can truly comfort you and your family at this time. Yet, I send heartfelt condolences and the hope that in some way God may bless you even in this deep distress.

  121. Words fail me. I am sick at heart for your loss. Your writings reflect a decency badly needed in this turbulent time. This news brought tears to my eyes. I cannot properly express my condolences to you and your family. G-d bless.

  122. My sincere condolences at your immense loss.

    There is nothing anyone can say at a time like this, yet for some reason we still try. As in combat, as in life, it’s the unexpected blow that hits you the hardest.

  123. Dear Dr. Hanson,

    I know you from Hugh Hewitt.
    I am a Tribble.

    Susannah was so beautiful.
    And I am just so sorry.
    I really have no words.
    I just can’t imagine.
    I have 3 beautiful daughters, myself.
    Ages 29 – 34.
    And a beautiful son, 22.

    And I am a believer.
    Which for me, somehow,
    Makes it even more difficult to bear.

    But we know how the story ends.
    And we are blessed beyond measure
    For the knowing.

    But, still…

    Prayers for you and your family.

    I’m so very sorry.

    Breck Nichols
    Dallas, Texas

  124. My deepest condolences to the Hanson family. I have no words adequate for this loss. May the Good Lord grant you comfort and solace in this time of grievous loss.

  125. i am an avid reader of your writings on National Review online and was so saddened to hear of your grat loss. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  126. I am sure that Suzy lived with the exact same heart, intelligence, and integrity that her father lives by as evidenced by his amazing blog. So sorry for your loss Victor. You will always keep her within.

  127. Sincere condolences, Mr. Hanson. I lost a lovely young secretary of the same age, back in 1998.

    Would that I could lift some of your burden. My prayers for peace and solace for your family, and all who loved her.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  128. me ke aloha to Professor for a father’s greatest loss, his daughter before him and before 30.

    I hope “Suzy”‘s “zeal for life and adventure” nested among “six generations” of Hansons in the family home bring comfort and peace to him who through these Private Papers has given us understanding and direction in these fractured times.

  129. What a stunningly gorgeous girl! My heart goes out to Dr. Hansen and his family, the pain must be unbearable. Prayers for you all.

  130. My heart breaks for the Hanson family. May her spirit always guide you and her memories uplift you, so that you may each heal and continue on life’s journeys until you are reunited with her in heaven. My heartfelt condolensces. I wish you all strength and peace.

  131. Mr. Hanson, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter. May God bless and keep you and your family during this difficult time. My prayers are with you. Vicki Huston

  132. Dear Dr. Hanson, though nothing can touch your anguish at this parting, think of her as on an extended vacation in Paradise. You will see her again.

  133. Dr. Hanson, you have been with with so many of us as an invisible, but real companion since the fall of the Twin Towers. You could not change what is, but in abiding with us and sharing your thoughts and insights, you have been a comfort to many.

    For some things, however, there is no explanation that matters. All we can do to return the favor is to offer our prayers, and abide now in spirit with you. We do. We shall. May God bring you and yours comfort.

  134. Grief is the price we pay for love, and for having loved. Your family’s own love for your daughter is clearly manifest in your feelings, grief, and reckoning–what she had of life had love and loving attention in it in loving company and cherished surroundings. I hope your memories of your own kindness toward her, your cherishing of your precious time in her company, and your tenderness toward your precious child help soothe the pain settling down upon you all now.

    So very sorry–may the pain fade, and the best of the memories remain forever fresh. Take Thucydides’s comfort from the suffering of others. Cicero’s thoughts upon losing Tullia–searingly real, and there is C.S. Lewis–A Grief Observed. In transmitted and transmitting wisdom there is some comfort.

    May you all find it, and find the joy your daughter brought to you once more.

  135. Karin M Lee-Stewart

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, Dr. Hanson. I was extremely saddened to hear about the passing of your daughter, and extend my condolences to you and your family. I lack sufficient words to truly express my sympathy. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

  136. My heart is aching for you and your family. Your daughter sounds like a wonderful woman. The world will be a lesser place with out her. God be with you and your family.

  137. Simply staggered by the news of your terrible loss. Reading about this extraordinary woman here makes it even more accute.

  138. patricia jedlicka

    Dr. Hanson…my heart breaks for you and your family. What a profound and devastating loss. I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers. May your precious, treasured memories give you strength through this impossibly difficult time.

  139. Condolences to you and your family, Mr. Hanson. Be assured of prayers for all of you during this terribly difficult time. God be with you!

  140. May God’s eternal peace that is beyond all telling be completely yours. Congratulations on bringing up a young lady who’s clearly so accomplished, so grounded, and so joyful. Never an easy task at any time, but especially during the current times. You are to be commended.

  141. Mr. Hanson, I thank you for sharing to me and others about your daughter’s beautiful life. I am deeply sorry and you have my prayers for you and your family in this difficult time.

  142. Bruce E. Corigliano, MD

    Professor Hanson, please accept my deepest sympathies. What a terrible loss for you and your family. Your eulogy is beautiful and elegant. Your Suzy was a remarkable woman. God Bless you and your family.

  143. Abby Wisse Schachter

    Baruch dayan ha-emet (blessed is the true judge). Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. May you be comforted and may her memory be for a blessing.

  144. After reading Suzy’s obituary, I recall one of the many quotes I read after my son died – I do not know who wrote it, but it surely fits: “underneath this stone doth lie, as much beauty as could die.” Such a vibrant young lady will be sorely missed. God bless you all. CTS

  145. Howard & Lynda Schultz


    Our deepest condolences. There are no words to express our sorrow over the loss of your beautiful daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Howard & Lynda Schultz

  146. Mr. Hanson

    Please accept my prayers and sympathy on the loss of your daughter. May you find comfort in the love of your family and friends.

  147. I wish most sincerely that the day comes quickly that you can celebrate her memory with far less accompanying pain. No parent should lose a child. You are an inspirational thinker and writer to many of us. I am sure your daughter adored you. I wish for your entire family strength, love, and peace.

  148. Carolyn Hartnett

    Dear Mr. Hanson ,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your kind and beautiful daughter . Leukemia took my mother very quickly as well so I understand the depths of your grief . Know that she is with God .

  149. Mr. Hanson, My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Your obituary for your daughter Susannah is beautiful, but it is something that no parent should ever have to write. May God strengthen you all and give you comfort.

  150. God bless your beloved young daughter. I am so sorry to hear of her death and your loss. I will keep her and your family in my prayers.

  151. After years of following your writings, I feel a certain kinship with you Victor, our rural backgrounds, and ways of common sense made me relish your writing, and share your pain of what was/is happening to your community, and way of life.

    I cannot offer much, besides heartfelt grief for your loss. Thank you.

  152. Peace to you and your family, the peace that comes from the knowledge that to depart is to be with the Lord, and that nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Requiescat in pace, Susannah Merry, child of God. Amen.

  153. I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing more devastating. She was a beautiful soul, and a blessing to everyone who met her.

  154. Mr Hanson,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ever since meeting you when you guest lectured at my small ASAP group at the Army War College, I have admired your patriotism and intellectual drive. I am certain that Susannah was a close replica of her father and although her life was short, she had a profound impact on all those she met.
    God Bless Susannah.
    Andy Milani

  155. Thank you for that lovely story of her life . I have lost an adored wife and daughter in the last few years. May they all be together in god’s loving arms. John Morrissey

  156. My deepest condolences, Dr. Hanson. I have read your work for over a decade, and I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. May God bring you comfort.

  157. I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of Sussanah. May God bless you and your family as you grieve the loss of this wonderful lady.

  158. My condolences on the untimely loss of your daughter.
    Your writing made her alive again, to me. She was an outstanding individual.

  159. I lost my brother when he was 22, and my little sister years later as she turned 23. I know the pain your family is going through, because I know what it did to us, and saw what it did to my parents. Please don’t let it destroy you and your family.

    God Bless you all, and Suzy who is in God’s hands now.

  160. I know I speak for the whole Roman reenactment fraternity when I express my deepest sympathy for this terrible event. I have three daughters myself and cannot imagine the grief losing one would cause. My heart goes out to you, frater meus.

  161. Dear Mr. Hanson,

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a father as well, I can only begin to imagine what you and your family is going through. I am sure she is at peace and will be with you always.

  162. I offer my sincere condolences on your terrible loss. I hope that the whole Hansen family will be comforted by each other, friends and to whatever small extent is possible by all of us who admire your family’s traditions that were evident in Susannah’s life.

  163. I offer my sincere condolences on your terrible loss. I hope that the whole Hanson family will be comforted by each other, friends and to whatever small extent is possible by all of us who admire your family’s traditions that were evident in Susannah’s life.

  164. It was heart breaking to open my daily reading of your blog and learn of the loss of your daughter. I will be praying for you and your family as you mourn the loss of this inspirational woman, and celebrate her life together these next days, weeks, and months. “May God meet all of your needs according to His riches in glory.”

    May the Lord comfort you,
    Ted Rathman

  165. Dr Hanson, Please accept my sincere condolences. There is nothing neither sadder nor more devastating than the loss of one’s child. I’m a long time admirer of your many books and contributions. May God bless.

  166. Rev. Kevin M. O'Connor

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter. May God’s grace and mercy guide you and your family through this difficult time.

  167. Carol Knollmiller

    “Each life that touches ours for good reflects thine own great mercy, Lord; Thou sendest blessings from above thru words and deeds of those who love.” (LDS hymn) As one of the most respected and honored names in the Conservative sphere, your loss is our loss. We’ve followed your historical, political, economic and cultural opinions for years, and now we know–and deeply feel–your stunning sorrow. Keep in your long view the eternities.

  168. One of the main reasons I read National Review is for your columns. As a father of 3, I cannot begin to imagine the grief you must be experiencing. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  169. Dear Dr. Hanson,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss sir. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.


    Jay Scallan

  170. My deepest condolences to the Hanson family. This touching tribute leaves no doubt what Suzy will always mean to her family, and why the world will always need more like her. RIP.

  171. John H. Reynolds


    My wife and I extent our sincerest condolences on your loss. You have been an inspiration to many through your shared thoughts, thank you. May peace be with you and your family.

  172. Faulkner observed that true grief must weep on universal bones, and there can be no more universal sorrow than the death of a child. our hearts break with you Dr. Hanson. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this hour of anguish.

  173. Matthew Phillips

    My most sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved daughter. I pray God will give you all peace and comfort in this time.

  174. Prayers ascending. Just about the worst thing possible for a parent to lose a child, as I know from experience. Lovely name, lovely daughter, all-too-short life. But yet still….

    “….heard, half-heard, in the stillness
    Between two waves of the sea.
    Quick now, here, now, always –
    A condition of complete simplicity
    (Costing not less than everything)
    And all shall be well and
    All manner of thing shall be well
    When the tongues of flame are in-folded
    Into the crown knot of fire
    And the fire and the rose are one.”
    (Eliot, Little Gidding)

  175. What can I say? “I’m sorry” hardly covers it.

    A wise man once told me that so long a someone remembers us, we truly do not die. Susy will be with you forever.

  176. Dear Victor and family. There are no words that can soothe your pain but please know that my deepest sympathy is with you and your family. The world will miss such a lovely spirit. I only hope that you will continue your valuable work in remembrance of her. Best, Stephan Morrow

  177. Dear Dr. Hanson,

    My deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of your daughter. I follow your columns in NRO religiously and have come do have deep respect for you and your family. It seems Susannah was carrying forward in the Hanson family traditions, and all Americans have lost her as well. Very sad.

  178. What a lovely young woman. My heart aches for you. You have my deepest condolences for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  179. Mr. Hanson, Sadness is my only thought for your loss. You now belong to a unique club of unfortunate parents who have lost a child. It is such a terrible group to be a part of. There are many of us and as you go forward they will make themselves known. Remember the good things as they will allow you to cope with your loss. It will never leave but you will learn to accept.

  180. Dr. Hanson,

    That’s just crushing. So sorry for your loss. I have a 22 year-old daughter and I can’t even imagine what you are going through.

  181. Dear Hanson Family,

    Please accept our family’s sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved Suzy. No parent should ever have to bury their child; it is a pain like no other, and one that only someone who has been through themselves can truly understand.

    It is obvious that Suzy was much loved and had a wonderful time here on Earth. I hope that you can take some small comfort in the knowledge that now those who reside in Heaven are the recipients of her grace and goodness.

    I know that she will be watching over you from up above.

  182. My condolences on the loss of your daughter, Mr Hanson. My family lost a similarly vibrant and central sister a decade ago, when my parents were still both living and had to endure this unnatural death. It is a profound shock for everyone.

  183. Dr. Hanson:

    You are among the wisest and most eloquent voices on the web. My deep condolences to you and your family on the loss of your daughter.

  184. Dr. Hanson, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. She has given you so much to be proud of. May you find some solace in knowing that the thoughts of so many of us who know and love you through your work are with you now.

  185. Dr. Hanson:

    My deepest sympathies for your terrible loss. Suzannah obviously had a wonderful upbringing and a great but all too short life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

    God bless.

  186. May the angels escort you into paradise; at your coming, may the martyrs receive you and bring you into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the chorus of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest.

  187. Dr. Hanson,
    My most sincere condolences to you and your family. Words are inadequate, but they are all we have to convey to others far away what we would wish to share through a hug, our tears, or holding a hand. May your memories of Susannah never diminish while you wait to rejoin her in the afterlife.

    May God Bless

  188. Larry Lauranzano

    Dr. Hanson,

    I’m just one of the millions who enjoy your writing. I am so sorry for your loss. Susannah was an absolutely beautiful young woman.

    God Bless,

    Larry Lauranzano
    Beverly MA

  189. Do not judge a biography by it’s length,
    Nor by the number of pages in it.
    Judge it by the richness of it’s contents

    Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant

    Do not judge a song by it’s duration
    Nor by the number of it’s notes
    Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul

    Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful

    And when something has enriched your life
    And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart
    Is it unfinished?
    Or is it endless?

  190. Dr. Hanson, though we’ve never met, I’ve long admired your writing. I’m deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. I will pray for the repose of her soul and for comfort for you and your wife and family.

    God bless you,

    David Deavel

  191. I am only an anonymous reader who has been strengthened and inspired by your works over the years. Yet my heart feels heavy and my eyes are filled with tears. My thoughts are with you and Suzy’s friends and family during this sad,sad time.

  192. I am saddened beyond tears – please accept my deepest sympathy and condolence. Words fail – please know how much I care in your time of immeasurable loss.

  193. Dear Dr. Hanson,

    Words cannot properly comfort you and your family while you grieve, but I pray that God sends many to surround you with love and support as you mourn. My deepest condolences!

  194. Dear Professor Hanson:

    Please know that I am deeply saddened to hear this. My own daughter is a light and joy in my life, and the thought of losing her is too terrible to contemplate.

    Your writings have been my intellectual companions, inspiration, and support for 20 years now–ever since I first read “Western Way.” I can only imagine how proud your children were of their father; your own pride in them is evident in the tribute here. I’m very sorry this has happened to your family, and I am offering a prayer to God on all of your behalf.

    –C.H. Zakian

  195. “For God hath marked each sorrowing day, And numbered every secret tear ; And Heaven`s long age of bliss shall pay, For all his children suffer here. W.C. Bryant

    Dr. Hanson, many like myself consider you a national treasure, and it seems fitting that such a kind gentleman should be father to such a beautiful and talented young woman. The love you have for her shines through your tribute, and I know her loving memory will be with you forever. May God bless Susannah and all the Hansons.

  196. Sorry to learn of the dimming of your daughter’s bright light. May your family find peace in this time of sorrow. Rejoice in the the good she did and the wonders she woked. God bless you all.

  197. Dear Hanson family, my sincere condolences to you all. How sad to lose this beautiful, wonderful young woman. May God bless you, and give you hope that you will joyfully reunite with Suzy in Heaven.

  198. Rev. Thomas O'Neill, SJ

    Dr. Hanson,
    I will remember Susannah in my prayers. You and your family are much in my heart and prayers. Eternal Rest Grant unto her O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her.
    Fr. Tom

  199. Dear Dr. Hanson:

    Those with children have some small idea of what you and your family are going through. There are really no words. My deepest condolences on the passing of your daughter. We will all pray for your family.

  200. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hanson,

    My wife and I are greatly saddened over your loss. Your daughter had a wonderful life and career. Reading her obituary here, we’re sure she lifted the spirits of all who met her.

    We met briefly in Philadelphia last year when you gave a talk on America’s future prospects. It was a thrill to see you speak. I read you 2x a week. When things seem insane and hopeless I turn to your site to find rationality.

    Our deepest sympathy,

    Kevin McLaughlin & Amy Kovach

  201. Just so, so sorry to learn of this.

    Thousands of people throughout the United States are praying for you and your family.

  202. I am so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter. May you find peace in cherished memories of her until you are reunited once again. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  203. Mr. Hanson,
    I too lost a daughter, she was 15 years old, I am saddened that you must face this type of grief. Please accept my condolences and know that your family in my prayers.

    Love to you and yours,

  204. Most heartfelt condolences to Professor Hanson and family on the loss of your beautiful Susannah. May her memory be forever a blessing.

  205. Dr. Hanson,

    I pray the Lord gives you and your family peace beyond understanding in the wake of your loss. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  206. Dear Hanson family,

    My most heartfelt condolences in your loss. Bless you and yours and may our Lord embrace your treasured daughter.

    With greAtest respect and warmest regards,

    Paul F. Parmenter
    Auburn, WA

  207. Thank you, Dr. Hanson, for the brief introduction to your beautiful daughter, Suzy. Her passing brings sadness because of the loss to the human race. Your words over the years have brought comfort, instruction, reflection to me and many of your readers. Now, in your time of need, our words are weak and frail. Be assured of our prayers for you and your extended family and all whom Suzy touched with her life. May her memory be eternal. And may the God of Peace, smother you in His peace and comfort. The Eternal Father knows of your loss – He experienced it with His Son. Lord have Mercy.

  208. Victor: Our deepest condolences to you and your family on this horribly tragic loss. We will always remember our trips with you where we met Susannah, who was as lovely as you describe in your wonderful tribute.

    Richard and Lijana

  209. As we say in the Orthodox Church, “may her memory be eternal,” and may our Lord grant you grace to endure this sorrow, and may He grant her a place where there is no sighing or sorrow. Lord, have mercy on your handmaiden and grant peace and comfort to the entire Hanson family.

  210. David James Hanson

    Dr. Hanson, just now learned of your daughter’s departure. Susannah, what a lovely name for a lovely person. May this ‘separation’ be but a few fleeting years, with reunion in everlasting life.

    I pray that our God and Father of compassion, “Who comforts us in all our sorrows [2 Corinthians 1:3],” showers you and your family with His grace. We mourn together. I promise to raise your name and needs to our risen Lord Jesus. He saved your life in Libya; He cares for your soul now. Hope in Him.
    You have provided such great wisdom for me over the years, through your books and NRO columns; now I want to serve you.

  211. I am so sorry for your loss, Victor. I will never forget the fun times I had with your kind, friendly, beautiful daughter during the NR cruise of 2008. She was so easy to get along with and interesting to talk to. My heart breaks for you and your family, who are all in my prayers.

  212. My sincerest condolances to you and your family! I can’t imagine the pain of a parent burying a child. My heart breaks for you.

    Dick Bigelow

  213. Mr. Hanson, please accept my deep condolences for the loss of your daughter. I read your web posts regularly and watch and listen to your appearances on television and radio whenever I can. As the steward and caretaker of 280 acres in northern Missouri that belong to my family, I especially relate to your writings about your grape farm. It is evident to me from reading this post that your daughter was a wonderful person who was full of life and was precious to her family and friends. I have no doubt that, as with me, the thoughts and prayers of thousands of your followers are with you.

  214. Dear Professor Hanson,

    Please accept the condolences of a long time admirer for your heartbreaking loss. Many prayers for you.

  215. I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Susannah from middle school which I attended with her at ALMS in Selma. She was such a nice and bright girl. So sad and shocking to hear of her passing. My daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2, so I will make sure to make a donation in Susannah’s memory.

  216. Condolences,

    I sounds like she had a very happy and productive life. Please, celebrate the time you had together and don’t regret the time you’ll miss.

    Popular figures may fall victim to Shakespeare’s Caesar tragedy, but thankfully it’s different for the rest of us. The good lives after us and it can grow.

  217. What a wonderful outpouring of heartfelt support. Of this i am certain—- ” Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive of the glories of the heaven world— A world whose power of response to her aspirations is limited only by her capacity to aspire. And of the beauty of form and colour, and sound here no words can speak, for mortal language has no terms in which those radiant splendours may find expression” God bless the Hanson family……

  218. My heart goes out to you, your family and the friends for the loss of your daughter Susannah. Having followed your writings for so long, and having derived so much as a result, my sadness for you and your family is pronounced.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  219. Oh no. :'( Such a terrible tragedy when the good and beautiful die so young.

    God bless her and keep her, and give her eternal life in His Kingdom. Her pain is gone, and she is living in glory now.

    Such knowledge likely doesn’t decrease the pain of her passing and absence though, I’m sure. God give you His comfort then, in the face of such a hard loss.

  220. My sincerest condolences for you and your family. She must have been a beautiful person and her loss darkens the world a bit.

  221. Jerzy Galinski, Wroclaw, Poland

    I’m very sorry for your and your family loss. I’m long time follower of your publishing. And this was, and still is, a shock. That’s something you never expect.
    My deepest condolences.

  222. I lost my daughter to a drunk driver when she was 28. That was more than 11 years ago. Time helps, but it sure doesn’t mend the hole left in your heart. Words mean nothing to parent who has lost their child. Cherish the one’s that are here.

  223. Victor,
    I am so very sorry for your loss sir. Back in 2013 when I had the honor of speaking with you in Selma, on a visit, you told me she was completing her schooling at Pepperdine. Although I didn’t know her, I recalled seeing her at Fresno State when I graduated. Ten years younger than me I was so proud of her and Bill after we spoke. She like Bill your son was so gifted. I feel so very bad for you Bill and the rest of the family. I have also sent a remembrance card to Stanford and will make a donation in her memory. Cancer is a fight that we need to win. We have lost so many in our family to it. I lost my grandfather in October 2013 to it. My deepest condolences her memory will live on and God promises us that we will see her again.
    Jared Carter
    Caruthers California.

  224. Michael T. Fuqua

    I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences and I will keep Susannah and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  225. Douglas and Carol Buser

    Our condolences on the loss of your daughter. With children of the same age, we can appreciate the sadness that your family is experiencing right now. God bless.

  226. *Please delete my earlier post for which contained an unintended error*
    Mr. Hanson,

    I own several of your books and, for many years, I have been an admirer of your columns and the excruciating good sense on offer in them.  Also, there are your podcast interviews, speeches and lectures – I have enjoyed and been enlightened by your divers contributions to our national debates, and by the love of your land expressed in so many ways, in so many columns.
    I have found, down the years, that a fine mind (as yours) is more than often accompanied by a great and vulnerable heart. You, Great Heart, must be near to inconsolable at this time.
    As neither friend nor family, I have little to offer in the way of comfort and, other than the short verse below, will not presume further.
    I offer but haven’t the wit to explain why this small poem by Tennyson has been a comfort when I have suffered terrible, shocking loss that arrives so swiftly and leaves a smothering sadness. Perhaps the poet’s imagery organizes and focuses – intensifies – the grief. I do not know. I can only share that I am nearly overwhelmed by poem’s end, and that that release has helped me, in the past, to bear what must be borne.

    Break, break, break,
       On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
    And I would that my tongue could utter
       The thoughts that arise in me.
    O, well for the fisherman’s boy,
       That he shouts with his sister at play!
    O, well for the sailor lad,
       That he sings in his boat on the bay!
    And the stately ships go on
       To their haven under the hill;
    But O for the touch of a vanished hand,
       And the sound of a voice that is still!
    Break, break, break,
       At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
    But the tender grace of a day that is dead
       Will never come back to me.
    –Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    May God bless and receive Susannah Merry Hanson into his Kingdom and console the great heart so devastated by her leaving.
    Requiescat in pace.

  227. Daniel Aronstein

    My condolences to you and yours. Her life seems to have been rich in everything except length of years. It is a loss for your family and our world – a world so needful of more people like her. I believe she is in a better place, and that her life as lived and her eternal soul can remain a source of blessings in the days and years ahead.

  228. Prof Hanson, You are one of my favorite historian/authors. My deepest condolences for such a heartbreaking loss. Include my prayers to the outpouring of such wonderful support. Please take care.


    I send my deepest sympathy, sir. With such a father as she had, she must have been an amazing young woman, indeed.

  230. I am so sorry for your loss, Dr. Hanson. My daughter is also named Susannah and she is 28 years old, and somehow that makes it more personal. God be with you and your family.

  231. Dr Hanson

    My condolences to you and your family. I am a great admirer of yours and I will say a prayer for your family tonight.

    Semper Fi

  232. I’ve been such a fan of yours over the years. How terribly sad. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Wishing you and your family as much peace as is possible during this terrible time.

  233. Charles Browning

    The world must indeed be a poorer place with Susy’s passing.
    Our hearts go out to all of the family and friends.

    Charles and Cathy

  234. I am so sorry to see this and it saddens my heart. I always truly thought Susannah was one of the most beautiful girls I’d seen during my years at Pepperdine. Unfortunately, I spoke with her briefly only a few times. I know it would have been awesome to have been friends with her. You could tell by her warmth to everyone. I am so sorry this world has lost such a beautiful person inside and out. Truly gorgeous gal..

  235. I’m so sorry for your loss. She has the eyes of an angel, those taken young usually do . I know she’ll be with you always on the farm. You’ll feel her and know that she’s just beyond that veil which separates us poor mortals from the immortals. God bless.

  236. John F. and Charlotte Carlyle

    Mr. Hanson, Please accept our heartfelt sadness for the loss of your precious daughter Susannah. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  237. Timothy O'Connor

    My young wife died last month of leukemia complications. We were both avid readers of Dr. Hanson’s books and columns.

    Suzy sounds very much like her. Raised in farm country in central New York, my wife was an educator whose greatest goal was to get students using their hands again.

    Suzy’s obit put it nicely, how blessed we were to have known them.

    My condolences to you and your family, Victor.

    – A longtime reader

  238. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this bright and lovely young woman. What a loss– not just to those who loved her, but also to the future – the good she might have accomplished will now be forever unrealized.

    Sometimes the randomness and cruelty of the universe is just incomprehensible. May you find comfort in her memory.

  239. Dr. Hanson, I don’t quite know what to say to a parent who’s lost a child. I believe she’s in a better place now and that you and your family will someday be reunited with her.

  240. Such a beautiful child..and beautiful on the inside. Prayers for you and your family. God needed another Angel..She will await you.

  241. Dear Dr. Hanson and family,

    Thank you for sharing your memories of your lovely daughter. May you take strength from these memories and from the prayers of all connected to you and yours. Please accept my condolences at this difficult time.

  242. Dear Dr. Hanson,
    I wish to express my deepest condolences to you and your family at this most sad time. Please know that my family and myself will keep you and your family in our prayers.


    Anthony Canales

  243. + May her memory be eternal. My prayers and sympathies to the Hanson family. May God give you strength and courage at this difficult time.

  244. So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your beautiful daughter. May your family feel God’s presence as you grieve, and may you find comfort in the wonderful memories of Susannah that you will always carry in your hearts. Praying for you.

  245. What a beautiful girl from a wonderful family.
    I wish I could take the burden of your pain and make it mine, but I cannot.
    I am so sorry.

    It is hard understand what God has for us, but all is resolved with our Christ.

  246. Mr Hanson,
    There are few words that can give much comfort in times of such great loss. Just know that there are many of us who read this and wept for you and your family.

  247. Richard Bottorff

    Dr. Hanson. Over the years, your columns, books, podcasts, and other communications have been a steady keel in a tempestuous storm, slicing with truth through chaotic waters of the 21st century. Your work has forged deep bonds of gratitude and trust with many people. And now, upon the loss of your daughter, I hope that in some small measure the sympathies of this larger community helps you through these difficult days.

  248. Susannah was a Facebook friend, and her father still is. While I didn’t get to know her well, I sent her a friend request, which she quickly accepted, after she had contacted me on VDH’s account. Here is what she wrote:

    February 10, 2011
    2/10, 6:49pm
    Victor Davis Hanson
    many thanks

    I just like to say I appreciate very much the numerous times you have posted links and recent articles of my dad’s on his facebook website. Especially since I often forget to keep the page updated. Your efforts do not go unnoticed! Thank you very much!

    Take care and warm regards,

    Susannah Hanson

    Until I received that note, I was unaware that VDH had a daughter, that she was his webmaster (or at least his Facebookmaster), and that he and I had chosen the same Biblical name for our daughters, although we selected different alliterations of the original Hebrew name Shoshannah. I wrote back to her:

    February 10, 2011
    2/10, 11:56pm
    Morton A Goldberg

    Thanks so much! And what a pleasant surprise to hear from you. Incidentally, my only child is a daughter who shares your name, but spells it “Suzanna”. Here’s a picture of us together:

    Warm regards,
    Mort Goldberg

    I attached a picture of my daughter Suzanna Eads and me, then followed up with a friend request. Subsequently, our only contacts were on each others’ posts, but that was enough to convey her extraordinary warmth, intelligence, and sincerity.

    What a loss. What a shame!

  249. When I retire, It is my hope to go on one of your classical tours. You must be very proud of your daughter to follow in your footsteps in this endeavor. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. God keep her.

  250. Your hearts must be broken beyond the endurance of man. I hope that you will eventually find God’s peace. My deepest sympathies.

  251. Corlyss Drinkard

    I’m soooo sorry for this awful, awful tragedy, the loss of a young daughter on the threshold of her promising life. When a child predeceases a parent, it always makes the universe seem out of kilter with the natural order of things.

  252. “The world has angels all too few, and heaven is overflowing”
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your entire family, Dr Hanson

  253. Professor Hanson, I expect there are no words or amount of tears that can help you heal at this time. After each of my two children died, I thought I would, too. I can never forget the kind words and attempts to comfort me, sometimes from complete strangers, that gradually helped me connect with the world again. I am so impressed by the touching comments made by all the people who wrote here. They will not bring back your lovely and accomplished child, but will surely bring a tiny seed of comfort that will take root in your heart and will grow until you think you can live again. With heartfelt prayers for you and your family and friends.

  254. What an extraordinary and generous thing for you, a preeminent public intellectual, to share this terrible loss.

    Such a beautiful girl. As Shakespeare said in the Passionate Pilgrim:

    ” Sweet rose, fair flower, untimely pluck’’d, soon vaded,
    Pluck’’d in the bud, and vaded in the spring!
    Bright orient pearl, alack! too timely shaded;
    Fair creature, kill’d too soon by death’s sharp sting!

    Like a green plum that hangs upon a tree,
    And falls, through wind, before the fall should be.”

    My heartfelt and deepest sympathies for the Hanson family. May your grief pass in time and you go from strength to strength.

  255. Moved to tears on hearing of your sad loss.Having been a reader of yours for some years I have enjoyed your writing immensely.Living in the new South Africa I can relate to your posts on the loss of infrastructure,the lawlessness and deteriorating condition of our civilization.

    We Lost an ex Miss Port Elizabeth winner last week in a tragic road accident.Bianca was the same age as your daughter,a pharmacist studying for her doctorate and only 8 months married with a bright future.A person in a large luxury car tried passing on a blind rise resulted in a head on collision with Bianca’s car.Her loss is very deeply felt and then to read of your loss breaks my heart. As the father of beautiful daughter born in September ’86 who now lives in Melbourne I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling.

    I can only extend my sincere condolences to you and yours.

    God bless
    BPS Trehaeven
    Port Elizabeth
    South Africa

  256. Nicholas and Georgia Constantin

    Our deepest condolences to the Hanson family. A special lady who loved and was loved and whose memory will be eternal. Αιώνια η μνήμη της.

  257. I’m only comforted by the number of good people who have posted here. We are all fans. And heartsick about this news. I pray that the Lord gives you and your family strength now.

    ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled
    you have faith in God, have faith also in Me.
    In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
    If there were not would I have told you
    that I am going to prepare a place for you?
    And if I go and prepare a place for you,
    I will come back again and take you to Myself,
    so that where I am you also may be.
    Where I am going, you know the way.’

    Eternal rest grant unto Susannah, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  258. Dear Mr. Hanson,

    I am a great fan of your columns, years ago I stumbled upon your writing its clarity and insight so refreshing that I would quote and forward your work to many. We have never met but you have become close to me as you became someone to whom I could search out for the clear thinking on many subjects that interest me. So the tragic news of your loss hit me personally how one would feel of an old friend. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.

    God Bless,

    Paul Hargraves

  259. Dr. Hanson,
    I post as jfk1967 on NRO.
    I grew up in Fresno, attended CSUF, ’94 Alumnus. Your columns, both on NRO and on PJMedia always give me hope.
    When Mr. Goldberg posted the news of your daughters death on the Corner….
    I can offer no consolance, Sir. Only gratitude.
    Please keep doing what you do.
    I am so very sorry.
    John F. Kirby

  260. I’m a longtime reader of your articles, Dr. Hanson, first time ever posting a message. I wish you and your family God’s peace, comfort and purpose over the passing of your beautiful daughter.

  261. Rob & Joanna Szrama

    My heart grieves for you Mr and Mrs Hanson. May the joy your writing, Mr Hanson, provides me be returned to comfort you in these terrible moments. May you be comforted.

    Prayers and Blessings,
    Rob and Joanna

  262. How heartbreaking – May your daughter rest in peace and I hope your family can find some comfort in your memories. God bless you.

  263. Dear Victor,
    What a beautiful daughter! She looks so much like Cara. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you . Marcia

  264. In a short time from now, when the funeral is long over and your friends are wondering about your sanity, find a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends. Every member has lost a child and it saved my sanity and helped me preserve the rest of my family.

  265. There is no pain like losing a child. It seems that Susannah was a sweet fragrance wherever she went. May God’s grace surround you and your family. My sincerest sympathy to you.

  266. What a beautiful, caring, accomplished young woman! I can’t imagine your grief in losing her. I pray that God comforts you and your family.

  267. Randall Chamberlain

    I am a longtime fan of VDH’s articles and books. And I am deeply saddened to learn of this untimely loss.


  268. Terry L. Newberry

    Victor Davis Hanson is perhaps my favorite commentator because through his writings his humanity and caring shines through. His very big heart had to be a trait that this daughter shared with him. I’m saddened that it’s obviously broken now, I’m glad for the years that he had with her and the pride and love he had for her…Take care, God bless

  269. Dear Dr. Hanson,

    Deepest sympathy on the loss of your daughter. May God’s grace strengthen you and yours in your time of trial.

  270. Very saddened at the loss of such a beautiful young lady the Hanson family must be enduring at this time.

    RIP: Susannah Hanson

  271. With the Saints, Give rest, O Lord, to the Soul of your Servant, Susannah, to a place where there is no suffering, nor sorrow, but life eternal. May her memory be eternal.

  272. In times such as these I have often found consolation in the lesson that no suffering, however terrible, is without purpose, and that the day is coming when every tear will be wiped away.

    Sincere condolences for your loss, Dr. Hanson. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  273. Alas the ancient reminders you taught us were right. Praying for you and your family to go through this tragedy. God bless the Hansons.

  274. Professor Blather

    I am so, so sorry. She was and is very beautiful.

    I have a daughter. I cannot imagine what you are going through. But I hope, I pray, and I very much want to believe that you will be with her again one day.