Obituary: Wayne T. Hanebrink, former associate dean, 83

Wayne T. Hanebrink, 83, passed away July 22, 2022, after a fall. He is survived by his wife, Annaliesa, son Paul (Melissa), brother Gary (Karen), niece Sarah (Seth) and nephew Travis (Kimberly), and their children. Born in Cape Girardeau, Wayne attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where he met Annaliesa in 1959. They married in 1961. After graduating from SIU Carbondale with a master's degree, Wayne trained as a historian of modern Britain and received a doctorate from the Department of History in Arts & Sciences at  Washington University in St. Louis in 1973. He then embarked on a career in university administration.

Hanebrink was employed by Washington University from 1969–2002, first as assistant dean and then as associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. After his retirement, he helped coordinate the university’s sesquicentennial celebrations. Afterwards, he remained involved with the university, serving as president of the Society of Professors Emeriti and as an English-language tutor for international graduate students.

He was also active on the board of the Historical Society of University City, where he served as recording secretary for a number of years. He and Annaliesa took advantage of all St. Louis had to offer, avidly attending lectures, exhibitions, plays, operas, and concerts. Throughout his life, Wayne was a voracious reader, a habit he shared with Annaliesa. He was keenly interested in politics and loved to discuss current events. A gentle soul, his sly wit and keen sense of humor will be missed by all those who knew him.

Obituary submitted by the Hanebrink family. A visition will be held at Lupton Chapel, University City, Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 4–7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missouri Botanical Garden, where Wayne loved to walk.