Hans was born in the Netherlands, but came to the US for graduate study at Cornell, where he earned a Masters in Food Science and a PhD in Microbiology. He spent 25 years at the Merck Research Laboratories, carrying out research in microbiology and immunology, following academic research at Tufts and Duke Universities. Now retired and living in Shrewsbury, Hans has been a board member at Lunch Break, serving as board president during the organization’s recent period of growth and transition. He continues as an active Lunch Break volunteer. Hans submitted the following statements with his application:

“I grew up in the Netherlands, a country with a strong tradition of government-sponsored communal support for those who need help . . . To be part of the Parker clinic and provide those who are less fortunate with free medical care fits right into my feeling of social responsibility.”

“After my retirement in 2001, I started volunteering at Lunch Break at a time when its finances were precarious . . . We set out to submit grant proposals, organized fund raising events and developed a rudimentary data base that allowed us to keep track of donors and send out newsletters and appeals for funds . . . A new generation of volunteers and a new Executive Director built on this and made Lunch Break a vital organization in our community.”