Hans Dankers

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Hans Dankers
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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Monroe, WA USA
Spouse/Partner Martha Whittaker Dankers
Occupation Retired Family Physician
Children, grandchildern Christian 9/76 and Nicholas 3/79
Hans, Drew and Kate
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I look forward to the Saturday reunion and will be at the Friday evening and Sunday morning events also.

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After med school, my wife and I traveled around the world for six months, spending three months in a hospital in Nepal. Then three years in family medicine residency in Seattle, and moved 6 miles outside of Monroe, Washington in 1978, where we have lived since with sheep, llamas, chickens and dogs. Our sons, Christian and Nicho did sheep 4-H with our flock up to 14 ewes and 25 lambs. Select soccer and school sports left the chores to me, so we now have only five elderly ewes left, plus 4 llamas and the recent addition of four alpacas.
I was 31 years with Monroe family practice, doing surgery and delivering babies until a brain tumor in1990. (After the surgery, I could read out loud, but not generate speech. It was about six months before I could speak normally again.) and then nearly 5 years with the Snoqualmie tribe in a clinic in Carnation, which unfortunately closed. I have been retired nearly 3 years and do a happy dance every day.

Words of wisdom for 2016 graduates of Carlmont High

Nothing is all bad.

Every pain carves you deeper so you can contain more joy.

And from patients at their 50th wedding anniversary: marriage is a 75:75 proposition. You have to do more than you think is your share, and you don't keep score.

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Happy birthday, Diane.
You are always so consistent wishing people a happy, birthday, so we gladly return the favor.

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Posted on: Jul 09, 2023 at 4:24 PM

Martha and my 50th anniversary is September 8, but we celebrated the last week of June when our grandkids usually come out for farm camp. Christian is divorced came out with Hans 15, Drew 12 and Kate 10 and girlfriend and her two kids. We are stand in grandparents for my late sister's son and daughter who came with their families. We had 17 at the resort in Plain WA, 90 min from our house for 3 days then the rest of the week at home. Surpassed our expectations.
I am retired since October 2017, but volunteer with hospice and as a consulting doc with End of life WA.
We are downsizing and on retirement home wait lists to transition to less maintenance in 2-3 years. People say they wish they had moved earlier, but it will be difficult to leave our beautiful home.

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Posted on: Dec 07, 2022 at 7:15 AM

Happy birthday Gordon, I thought they called it the day of infamy because of the Pearl Harbor bombing.????

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The Robb school shooting triggered a memory: There was a girl in Glen Kovas' typing class (one of my most useful classes). Her last name was Robb. The reason I remember is because Mr. Kovas jokingly asked her whether she was related to Rob Lawrence.
Her older brother died in Vietnam. That was in 1965 and I realized that the number (2,000) of Americans who had died was almost as many students as at Carlmont.

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Posted on: May 16, 2022 at 6:40 PM

Hi Sue,
Our 55th would have been last year...Any plans for our 56th reunion??
I will be glad to help.

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May 16, 2022 at 6:39 PM

Our 55th would have been last year...Any plans for our 56th reunion??
I will be glad to help.
I will post this on Sue's page as well.

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Mar 13, 2022 at 2:27 PM

Hi Nancy,
For some reason when I woke up this morning, I remembered you giving butterfly kisses where you blinked your eyelids so your eyelashes contacted my cheek. Nice memories.

I also remember you and your older sister singing a Chistmas carol A capella, just with a triangle. Such beautiful harmony!

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Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 at 8:16 AM

Hi Diane, you are always so good at wishing People a happy birthday, so a wish for the happiest birthday to you!
Have a great day and be well,,Hans

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Dec 29, 2021 at 5:37 PM

Hi Sue,
I hope you are having a great holiday.
My college reunion was delayed a year by Covid, but successful this past October.
I would like to help organize a 55th if Omicron or whatever variant comes next allows a reunion. Or maybe the following year.

Does this website need financial support??
Hope you have a Happy New Year and that 2022 is an okay year.
Hans
Hard to believe that Y2K was 22 years ago :(

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Posted on: Jul 24, 2021 at 6:24 PM

Hi Mike,
I was watching "Firing Line" about the recent protests in Cuba and someone asked about invading. I recall after the Bay of Pigs, the US was bargaining for release of prisoners. You had done something where your parents grounded you, and we organized a protest. Byron Lemmon made a sign saying “Tractors for Boehme“. I don’t think we got very far with your parents.
I also recall that since I was your best friend, I did not come to your birthday party but would go on a family vacation later.....

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Posted on: Dec 14, 2020 at 7:40 PM

Hi Judy,
Tonight's PBS News Hour just had a 10 minutes segment on childhood trauma and the main expert discussing the lifelong impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) was your daughter-in-law Dr Nadine Burke Harris.
She was well-versed in the topic and very articulate. We all are very proud of her.

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Posted on: Dec 07, 2020 at 5:58 PM

December 5. Wij vieren Sint Nicolaas:

I was three when we came to the United States, but remember that we tried to maintain Dutch customs.
Until I was 12 or so, we celebrated Saint Nicholas day, December 5. We would leave our shoes by the fireplace with carrots and bread for the Saint's white horse and would receive small gifts in our shoes in return. If you were bad, then you would get coal in your shoe, but I never did. (Actually, now that I think of it, it would have been a good trick to put coal my sister shoe.) (When we visited my niece in Amsterdam shortly after my sister died, we were horrified to see depictions of Saint Nicholas’s slave, Black Peter with stereotypical red lips and many people in black face. Even 12 years later, despite controversy, many people still depict black Peter.)

I am fluent in Dutch again. We always spoke Dutch at home, but I had not spoken Dutch since Mieke died 12 years ago. For the past two years, almost every morning I call Catharina Vink, an 87 year old born in Indonesia, then a Dutch colony, whose father was with royal Dutch Shell before the war. She spent 5 years in a Japanese prison camp before moving to Holland, and then to the US.

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