“He was a rarity”; former County Commissioner remembers Lou Hannum

Medford, Ore. —  Former Medford mayor and World War 2 veteran, Lou Hannum, died Saturday at the age of 100.

Hannum was mayor from 1982 to 1986. He is credited with cleaning up Medford’s air quality, protecting the city’s water supply, and contributing to the institution of the inspection and maintenance program for vehicles.

Former County Commissioner and friend, Carol Doty says Hannum was knowledgable about a host of topics, and never addressed an issue without being prepared.

“When he had something to say and said it, you wanted to hear it,” Doty says, “you wanted to listen carefully to what he had to say. That’s pretty important.”

“He was very kind, and I think he didn’t realize how much he was tutoring and mentoring a lot of us.”

Hannum is survived by his 3 daughters Nancy, Susan, and Jean. A service honoring  his life will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Medford Congregational Church.

You can honor both Lou Hannum and his late-wife Carolyn with a memorial contribution to the Carolyn and Lou Library Foundation. For more information click HERE or call 541-774-6572 or visit the foundation offices at 205 S. Central Avenue in Medford.

All of us at KOBI-TV NBC5 extend our deepest sympathies to Hannum’s family.

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