A Partnership in Giving
Two Friends Share a Love of Giving and a Place in Their Hearts for the Methodist Hospital Community
Richard Hahn's legacy is rooted in service to country and community, which included serving on national, state and community boards as well as his commitment to Gracehill Lutheran Church. As a young man, he was educated in a one-room country school, Norfolk High School, and the University of Nebraska. He traded the family farmstead in rural Nebraska for a world tour with the U.S. Navy. After spending two years of active duty (and 28 years of active reserve duty) he retired with the rank of captain.
His active duty included a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. “I was command duty officer and got the call that said we’re going to load up your ship and go through the Panama Canal to Cuba,” he recalls.
Hahn went on to achieve professional success as a 23-year employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Agricultural Investments, and then as president and CEO of Farmer’s National Company (1987-2005). All the while, he amassed an incredible portfolio of community involvement, including a “count me in” drive to enhance Methodist Health System—whether he’s serving on the Nebraska Methodist College—The Josie Harper Campus Board, the Methodist Hospital Board, the Physician’s Clinic Board, Nebraska Health Network Board or the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board.
“Because of its stellar and strong reputation, you can be so proud to be affiliated with Methodist, in whatever capacity that may be,” he says.
Raised to be hard-working and others-focused, Richard has found a kindred philanthropic spirit in fellow Methodist champion Roger Anderson, D.O., FACOS, who resides in Arizona.
“I admire Dr. Anderson,” Hahn says. “He's so sharp it’s unbelievable!”
Dr. Anderson, who spent almost four decades as a general surgeon in Iowa, turned 99 in June. He and Hahn were linked professionally. (Farmers National Company managed three of Dr. Anderson’s farms.) Then in 2009 while Hahn was serving as chair of the Nebraska Methodist College Board, they became connected philanthropically.
“Dr. Anderson called me on a Sunday saying he wanted to give a farm to Methodist College in memory of his wife, Emily,” Hahn says. “She graduated from the college in the early 1940s, and her first assignment was Omaha Beach. He’s very proud of what she did during World War II.”
Whether it’s donating life insurance, starting a charitable gift annuity or setting up something like the Anderson Farm Management Trust, Hahn says planned giving—and including your family in that planning—is extremely important. By supporting Methodist, he says we have a chance to elevate one of the most attractive aspects of living in Omaha: access to quality health care.
Hahn and his wife, Pat, support Methodist through donations to Methodist Volunteers In Partnership, and all Methodist-related projects. They encourage their circle of associates to become friends of the Foundation and enlist them to serve on Methodist boards.
Giving back is just one part of their legacy. A strong marriage and robust family is another. The Hahns celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year with their three children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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