Michael Hankal ’61, MBA ’70 was a rare kind of success story. Placed in an orphanage with his older brother James Hankal ’59 by their father after their mother died, the boys were later adopted by Helen Souders. She moved from the Central Valley to San Jose so they could attend Bellarmine College Prep. Both worked three jobs to cover their college expenses—as a hospital janitor, plywood mill worker, and Winchester House guide. Michael Hankal struggled with school until he discovered he was dyslexic, which allowed him to learn tricks that made reading easier and helped him pass his CPA exam and earn a PhD. Michael settled in Hawaii, where he worked as an accountant, swam in the ocean, enjoyed fly fishing, volunteered with dogs for the blind organization, and hiked. He made time to visit James and his family often. Michael’s wife Ann Hankal preceded him in death. He died in spring 2019.

28 Jan 2020