Oscar Edgar Hanscom ’33

Oscar Edgar Hanscom ’33 died on January 7, 2004, in Portland, Maine.

Born on June 30, 1912, in Sanford, he prepared for college at Sanford High School and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1929 to 1931. In 1931, he entered Temple University Dental School, from which he was graduated in 1935.

He was a dentist in the Maine town of Norway until 1943, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, in which he served during World War II, until 1946, attaining the rank of major. From 1947 until 1973, he served in the Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel. In 1947, he joined his father’s dental practice in Sanford and worked there until his retirement in 1973.

He served as president of the Maine Dental Association and the American Association of Dental Examiners, which selected him as Citizen of the Year. He was also a member of the Maine Board of Dental Examiners and a past member of the Preble Lodge of Masons in Sanford.

He played the violin and for many years sang in the Sanford First Baptist Church choir.

He was married in 1937 to Eleanor Roberts, who died in 1987, and is survived by his second wife, Ruth Rosenfield Hanscom, whom he married in 1988; two sons, Douglas R. Hanscom of McLean, VA, and Gregory C. Hanscom of Lewiston; a daughter, Gail Hanscom of Portland; a brother, Ward T. Hanscom ’41 of Sanford; a sister, Caroline Merrifield, of Sanford; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.