Dr. Sunny Hansen 1929-2020

We are sad to report that Dr. Sunny Hansen, NCDA’s 1985-86 President, has passed away. Sunny was a strong advocate for career development, winning the 1991 NCDA Eminent Career Award for her lifetime of achievement.  Sunny also served as ACA President during 1989-90.  She was a very warm colleague and a leader in her area of scholarship, especially in regard to confronting sexual bias in career development. 

Dr. Hansen's obituary. Sunny Hansen

Please keep her husband Tor and the family in your thoughts during this sad time.

One of Dr. Hansen's last contributions to NCDA was an article in the members-only publication, Career Developments: " Using Integrative Life Planning (ILP) in Your Professional Development" (Hansen and Suddarth, Fall 2008).

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Kathy Evans on Monday 01/04/2021 at 01:24PM wrote:

I am so very sorry to hear this. Sunny was a role model to me and I have used her publications in my own scholarship so very much. She was a staunch believer is equity for women, especially as regards career development. A great loss to the profession.

Barbara H.Suddarth on Wednesday 01/13/2021 at 12:00PM wrote:

I am so saddened to hear of Sunny's death. In addition to her fine contributions to our understanding of wholistic career development theory through ILP, she was a fierce supporter of women's equality, and a phenomenally kind person. I was honored to know her and to call her a friend and mentor.

David Reile on Wednesday 01/13/2021 at 07:25PM wrote:

Sunny was a wonderful person and a forward thinker who expanded the profession of career development in a way few have done. I was honored to call her my friend and miss her greatly. Her intelligence and compassion were two of her great gifts.

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