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Gerald Bouchard Hansen HON ’99, Sept. 6, 1926 – April 17, 2009. Jerry, a sixty-year resident of San Jose, attorney and businessman was preceded in death by his beautiful and beloved wife, Barbara Bressani, and his eldest son, Richard. His surviving children—Joan, Lynn, John and Anne—are forever grateful for his love, generosity, and kick-in-the-pants humor. Five adoring grandchildren—Julie, Catherine, David, Carolyn and Kevin—and new, twin great-granddaughters renewed his spirit and gave him untold joy. All the family, including friends Mary and Les Boughton will deeply miss Jerry. Born in San Francisco, he attended St. Ignatius High then onto Redlands, U.S.C., and Cal, finishing at Stanford and U.S.F. law schools all on the GI Bill. He loved practicing law but was most pleased when, in an effort to give back for the opportunity the GI Bill and his Jesuit education had provided, he represented for many years various Catholic Archdiocesan interests on a pro bono and fee basis. He was appointed and voluntarily served as both Federal Magistrate and Judge Pro Tem (South Bay). He sat on the Cal State Bar Assoc. Condemnation Committee offering his expertise in review of current real estate/condemnation law. He also loved politics and was ever proud to have been selected JFK’s Santa Clara County Presidential Campaign Manager for the 1960 race. This led to management roles in other Bay Area and State Democratic campaigns. Endearingly called "Big Jer" by his younger friends and associates because of his enormous personality, he can rest assured that his contribution to this complicated world and his influence on those he knew was valuable and memorable.