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Anne C. Hanson, at 82; 1st woman given tenure at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Anne Coffin Hanson, a historian of French and Italian art and the first woman to become a full-tenured professor at Yale University, died last Friday in her New Haven home. She was 82.

In 1970, the year after the university opened its doors to female undergraduates, Ms. Hanson was named the first female professor with full tenure at Yale.

Four years later she was named chairwoman of the art department, another first for women at the Ivy League university.

Ms. Hanson was an expert in 19th- and 20th-century French and Italian art, especially the works of painter Edouard Manet, who was the subject of her 1977 award winning book, ''Manet and the Modern Tradition."

She also was an authority on the Italian art movement known as Futurism.

She was acting director of the Yale University Art Gallery and acting curator of European and contemporary art.

Ms. Hanson was born in Larchmont, N.Y., and earned a fine arts degree in painting from the University of Southern California and a master's degree from the University of North Carolina.

In 1962, she earned a doctorate in art history at Bryn Mawr College, while also teaching there.

She taught at Swarthmore College and New York University and was director of the International Study Center of the Museum of Modern Art before joining the Yale faculty in 1970.

Ms. Hanson leaves her longtime companion, Bernard Hanson, a former art critic for the Hartford Courant and dean of the Hartford Art School. They married in 1960, her second marriage, and later divorced. She also leaves a daughter, Anne Blaine Garson of Amherst, Mass.; and two sons, James Garson of Houston and Robert Garson of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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