Larry Hanna

After leaving GM, I spent a year in prep school where my parents hoped I would develop some study skills. It worked. I went on to get my B.S. with dual majors in biology and chemistry from Lynchburg College. Mrs. Rooney would be so proud. I then moved down to Blacksburg and entered a PhD. program in biochemistry at VA Tech. I finished my M.S. there but wasn’t interested in the research they were doing, so I transferred to Vanderbilt University in Nashville. At Vanderbilt, I was pursuing a PhD. in physiology and M.D. While at Tech, I had to use photography to document my research and I became very interested in it. In Nashville, I began doing photography professionally on the side. I had gotten married before my senior year at Lynchburg and after my first year at Vandy, I decided that it wasn’t going to work out. We divorced and I took a year off from grad school to work as a research biochemist at Vanderbilt. During this hiatus, I really got more and more involved in photography. After completing my first year of med school and finishing my course work for my doctorate, I decided that I wanted to follow my heart and I quit to pursue a photographic career. Boy were my parents happy. I moved to southern California and got a job with Star Kist Foods doing product development work, while I took some photography classes at night. After 5 years in CA, I moved to Las Vegas in 1976, to get away from all the freeways and traffic. Vegas was small then with about 300,000 people now there are around 2 million. I opened an all purpose photography studio, but quickly found my niche in resort photography. I do mostly photography for advertising purposes for the resorts here, although I do work nationally for Four Seasons and some other properties. You can check out what I do at I got married again in 1983 and have remained so this time. My wife Peggy and I have two children. Brandon is 24 and attending UNLV while working. Our daughter, Brittany, is 22 and just graduated cum laude from Rockhurst Univ. in Kansas City. She attended college on a tennis scholarship. Mike Mahan is probably wondering where she got that gene (he used to beat me regularly). Brittany is now working on her doctorate in physical therapy. I look forward to her being able to treat my many ailments. I played rugby while at Vandy and feel the effects every morning when I roll out of bed. I am doubtful, at this time that I will be able to make the reunion. I have started teaching some photography classes at a local college that will keep me very busy along side my regular work. I have had the privilege of communicating with Patsy Lay Dorsey this past year. If you haven’t done so, you should look at her websiteHer work is so incredible. She is really an inspiration. I would love to catch up with many others.

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