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Charles Hann, 85, Former New Canaan Attorney

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Charles R. Hann, a former New Canaan resident, died Sept. 15 at his home in Newtown Square, Pa. He was 85.

He was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Newark, N.J., to Floyd J. Hann and Grace D. Hann. While studying at Lafayette College, Hann was called into military duty during World War II to learn Japanese. He completed the Armed Services Training and Japanese Area and Language programs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis but the war ended before he had to travel overseas.

After graduating in 1948, he attended Cornell University, where he earned his law degree in 1951. He also took graduate courses in anti-trust and trade regulation law at New York University.

His career spanned six decades and he held positions in several law firms in New Jersey and New York, including Milbank Tweed. In 1955, he joined the law department at Allied Chemical Corporation in New York. 

In 1961, he moved to Olin Corporation in Stamford, where he was international counsel until 1989. After a brief retirement, Hann joined Altman Weil in Newtown Square in 1990, where he stayed until his retirement in 2003.

Hann's bar admissions included Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. 

He was a member of the Westchester Fairfield Corporate Counsel Association, where he served as president in 1984, as well as the American Bar Association and American Corporate Counsel Association.

Visiting hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McConaghy Funeral Home in Ardmore, Pa. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at St. Anastasia Church in Newtown Square. Burial will follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler, Pa.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


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