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Samuel George Hanna, died 1 April 2006

Samuel George Hanna, BA, Dip Ed, MA - Samuel (Sam) was a keen member of Queen’s Boat Club and was awarded the University Rowing Colours (1949 – 1951).

He graduated with a BA in 1951, and after completing his Diploma in Education the following year, entered the teaching profession. He was appointed the Vice-Principal of Ballymena Secondary School in 1961 at the age of 32. His MA thesis in 1964 on The Origin and Nature of the Gracehill Moravian Settlement was published in The Transactions of the Moravian Historical Society, Pennsylvania.

At the age of 39, Sam was appointed Principal of the newly built Cullybackey High School, overseeing its opening in 1968. He led and managed its growth to one of the largest schools in the North Eastern Education and Library Board, with a reputation for excellent standards and outcomes, teaching and learning and management and leadership. He retired in 1988 after 20 years as the Principal.

In retirement Sam could focus on his main interests; family, gardening, financial markets, The Daily Telegraph and a bi-annual holiday. He maintained a keen interest in Queen’s through his membership of the Queen’s Graduates’ Association.

Sam was devoted to his family. He was a much loved husband to Kathleen, Dad to Samuel and Richard, and Granda to Cathleen, Patricia, Owen, Richard and Matthew. Sam will be greatly missed by friends and family.



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