Carolyn and Lou Hannum celebrated 70 years of marriage on Tuesday.
Lou Hannum married Carolyn Russell Osgood on Nov. 29, 1941, in Detroit. They have three daughters: Nancy Hannum of Vancouver, British Columbia; Susan Hannum of Toronto; and Jean Pulos and husband Cris of Taos, N.M.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Carolyn met Lou as a graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Library Science while working in the Detroit Public Library. Lou graduated from Syracuse University after studying public administration and economics and went to Detroit to work for the War Department on the General Motors machine gun contract. After they married, the couple moved to Texarkanna, Texas, where Lou became the senior administrator for the Lone Star Ordinance Plant run by the B.F. Goodrich Co. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943, received officer training, became a commissioned officer and participated in the South Pacific battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and later earned the Navy Commendation medal.
After the war in 1946, the couple moved to Akron, Ohio, where Lou worked as an inventory control and production officer and later as a senior economic advisor for the B.F. Goodrich Co. Carolyn worked as a reference librarian in the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library for 12 years.
Lou and Carolyn retired to Medford in 1975 and spent many hours hiking and exploring Oregon with friends and family. Lou was appointed to the city budget committee in 1976 and went on to be elected to two terms on the Medford City Council; he also served as the Mayor of Medford from 1982-86. During his time as mayor, he was also elected president of the League of Oregon Cities. He was active in numerous community organizations and served on the Jackson County Air Quality Commission, the Airport Advisory Committee and on the Medford Water Commission for 10 years until 2008.
Carolyn was active with Friends of the Library groups. Both Lou and Carolyn are readers, and she enjoyed her book club for many years. They were able to travel to several countries in Europe and Asia and continued to hike well into their 80s.
In 2007, they moved to the retirement community residence at Fountain Plaza, where they still enjoy seeing friends and family.