Bill Hannemann, 81, died peacefully on December 7 after several years of progressive dementia.
Bill was the son of Luke and Flossie Hannemann and the younger brother of Jake Hannemann.
Bill was born and grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended East High School where he starred in both baseball and basketball, achieving school, league and statewide honors. After graduating from high school he then ventured to New England to attend and graduate from Amherst College, where he majored in Economics and made lifelong friends. After college, he served in the Army – 6 months active duty in Fort Leonard Woods, MO and then 3 years reserve duty. Following his active duty, Bill worked for GE in Lynn, MA for 3 years until he was wooed west by the promise of warm weather by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bill earned his MBA, made more lifetime friends, and rekindled a 7-year friendship from his Denver days with Judy Starbuck who had just received her Masters at Stanford. They married in 1963 during Bill’s second year of Business School.
After graduating from Stanford, Bill spent a year as an Asst. to the Dean of the GSB, and then became an Asst. Dean and Director of Admissions for the GSB for 7 years. Saying he would live anywhere in the world as long as it was about 40 miles south of San Francisco, Bill did a stint as President of Gomez Diamond Ring Co. in SF before launching a successful and satisfying career in management at three sports-related organizations: first as a General Manager/President for Clossco/Adidas, then President at Giro Sports Design, and finally President of U.S. Sports Development.
Bill is survived by three children: Jill Hannemann, Jennifer Darkowski, and Jeff Hannemann, and seven grandchildren. Although Bill and Judy divorced, they have remained good friends until his death.
Bill was a man of great integrity and principle who was very dedicated to his work and his colleagues and staff, and was admired for his strong financial management and his solid leadership. Bill is remembered by his family and friends for his wonderful sense of humor, his competitive spirit and the very clever poems and songs he wrote for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. Oh, and also going to bed in the middle of the dinner parties he was hosting!
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at the Los Altos Golf and Country Club.