Carolyn Hansen Death, Obituary – Carolyn E. Hansen, age 75, a resident of Stone Ridge, New York, lost her courageous fight with cancer on December 14 and died away. Carolyn was equally at ease in the countryside of Wisconsin, where she grew up, as in Taipei, Taiwan, where she spent over a decade of her life working and living. She was witty and carefree, grounded and a woman of the world. Carolyn Hansen was born in New Holstein, Wisconsin on April 17, 1947. Her parents, Gilbert and Arlyne Hansen, both passed away before her birth. She is survived by her brother Roger, who resides in Deerfield, Wisconsin; her nephew Duane Winkelman and his wife Laura; her niece Carol Winkelman Ellis and her husband Daniel; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
It was in 1965 when she received her diploma from New Holstein High School, and in 1969 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in political science and international studies from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Carolyn received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in the field of international and comparative law in the year 1972. In her law school class, she was one of only a handful of female students. She earned a Master of Laws degree in International and Comparative Law from the University of Brussels in Belgium in 1973. She received this degree. She worked as a member of the legal staff at S. C. Johnson & Son in Racine, Wisconsin; Schering-Plough Corporation in Kenilworth, New Jersey; and Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, Missouri, between the years of 1974 and 1988.
Carolyn served as a security-cleared consultant to the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the United States Department of Commerce on matters pertaining to international trade talks for eight of those years. Carolyn worked as a lawyer in Taiwan from the beginning of 1988 until the end of 1999. She worked as a representative for North American and European companies conducting business in larger China and other parts of Asia under the name Hansen International Company Limited. Carolyn founded not only the Taiwan Business Council for Sustainable Development but also the Earthplace Foundation in Taiwan. The Earthplace Foundation was responsible for bringing knowledge about sustainable development to that nation.
Additionally, she was a representative of the Democrats Abroad in Asia while serving on the Democratic National Committee from the years 1992 through 1996. After moving back to the United States in late 1999, Carolyn made her home in the Hudson Valley of New York. She eventually made Stone Ridge, New York, her permanent residence, where she worked as an attorney and participated in both national and international panels of mediators and arbitrators involved in the resolution of disputes. She was living in Taiwan when she first became interested in energy healing, which led to her attending the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, where she eventually earned many degrees.
Carolyn was a pioneer in the holistic health movement in the Mid-Hudson area. She established the Rondout Valley (New York) Holistic Health Community and served on the boards of directors of a number of professional and charitable organizations in the area. Throughout the course of her work, Carolyn wrote a number of publications and gave a number of presentations on the laws of Asia, the United States, and Europe that regulate commerce, intellectual property, and sustainable development. Carolyn made the most of her spare time by spending it with her friends, her family, her pets, going hiking, drawing, and playing the piano.