administrator, and took personal actions, to help others. Early in his career he picketed a barber shop in suburban Cleveland because it would not integrate its customers. He spent six months on the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, during which time he took his family to witness the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, as it crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in March 1965. Art helped establish the 3-2 programs (3 years liberal arts and 2 years engineering) between Georgia Tech and several historically black colleges. He supported establishment of the Black Cultural Center at Purdue and helped establish the National Society of Black Engineers. He chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Minorities in Engineering. Hansen also approved establishment of the Gay Rights Club at Purdue despite considerable opposition. While at Texas A&M he succeeded in increasing financial support for Prairie View A&M, a historically black college in the Texas A&M System, by threatening the governing board with a lawsuit if the board did not agree. Art Hansen was the right person at the right time to be a university leader.
Art served on several corporate boards—International Paper Company, Ball Corporation, Navistar International, and Cutler Hammer Corporation. He was a member of the board of directors of both the Corporation for Educational Technology and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In retirement he served as an educational consultant internationally. He also served as a councillor for the National Academy of Engineering (1978–1984).
Arthur Hansen’s first wife, Margaret Kuehl Hansen, passed away in 1974, His second wife, Nancy Tucker Hansen, passed away in 2003. He is survived by his third wife, Marylin White Hansen, of Fort Meyers, Florida; five children—sons Geoffrey (wife Angela) of San Francisco, James of Houston, and Paul (wife Dee Ann) of Saratoga, California; daughters Ruth Rachel (husband Michael) of Carmel, California, and Chris Glancy (husband Michael) of Fort Myers, Florida; as well as five grandchildren.