1974 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Work hard and aim high to succeed."
Orphaned at age four, Zenon Hansen lived first with his grandmother and maiden aunts in Michigan and then with an aunt and uncle in Florida. After graduating from high school in Sioux City, Iowa, he went to work for International Harvester and rose to the executive level. He later became vice president of Automotive Equipment Company in Portland, Oregon. In 1953, Hansen joined Diamond T Motor Company in Chicago and by 1958 he was its president. He was executive vice president and director of the White Motor Company in Cleveland, Ohio, and the president and chairman of Mack Trucks, whose bulldog symbol is synonymous with his own tenacity, determination, and drive. Hansen supported the Boy Scouts, was president of the national council of Invest-in-America, and was active in the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Although he never received a college education, he was awarded several honorary degrees.* Deceased