Friday, Sep 21, 2018
Apr 03, 1925 - Aug 15, 2018
Hans W. Wanders, 93, died on August 15, 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC. He was the son of Anna Maria and Herbert Wanders and was born in Aachen, Germany. He moved to Hingham, MA with his family in 1929 and attended schools in Hingham, graduating from Belmont Hill School, Yale University and The Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Wanders was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He entered the United States Navy in 1943 and retired as Lieutenant Senior Grade in 1953 having served at sea in the Pacific Theater in both conflicts.
Later he resided in Winnetka, IL and was in management consulting and banking as Vice President of The Northern Trust Company, President of the National Boulevard Bank of Chicago and Publisher of the Chicago Magazine prior to joining Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem, NC in 1970. There he served in numerous capacities including President of the Wachovia Corporation and Chairman of the Wachovia Bank and the Wachovia Corporation. Wanders was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Wanders was a Director or Trustee of numerous companies and civic organizations. He was a Director of the American Bankers Association and the Association of Bank Holding Companies. He served as Chair of the Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, the North Carolina Board of Economic Development and The Tax Foundation. He also was the Vice Chairman of the Grace Commission and a Director of Salem Academy and College and The Committee for Economic Development. He served on the Board of Visitors of The Fuqua School of Business of Duke University.
Married in 1949, Wanders was preceded in death by his spouse, Elizabeth Kimball Wanders, and is survived by two sons, Crayton Kimball of Carrboro, NC and David Gillette (Kristin) of Mount Pleasant, SC. He leaves two grandchildren, Elizabeth Moore and Graham Wanders and a great-granddaughter, Milly Moore.
A Burial will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Cemetery in Skokie, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Club Nova, 103 W. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
What a wonderful gentleman, Skip was! I knew him only briefly, in the early 2000's, but quickly came to respect him and thought of him as not only a client but a friend. He was so very humble and approachable for such an accomplished man and pillar of the community. I am better for having gotten to know him. May God welcome him into the comfort of His loving arms.
Skip was one of my very closest friends. I spent many enjoyable times with him and his deceased wife. He will be missed. Phil Aronson
Debbie and David Brenner
We were so fortunate to call Skip and Lina our friends. He was the consummate gentleman...a kind and gentle soul. We are remembering him with a smile, because that's how he made us feel. God bless Skip and Lina's family at this sad time.
Skip was a wonderful gentleman. I enjoyed getting to know him. May GOD give you peace and comfort during this time.
I had the great good fortune of meeting Skip as a young banker at Wachovia in the early '80s. He was an accomplished professional, a wise mentor and a wonderful leader role model, always gracious, respectful and thoughtful. I was delighted to catch up with Skip whenever our paths have crossed over the years and I will miss those moments. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 gives us the assurance that "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies" is "the God of all comfort" and he "comforts us in all our trials". James 5:11; God "is very tender in affection (very compassionate) and merciful". Please accept my sincere condolences". (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
To the Family of Hans, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the Passing of your love. Please find comfort and strength in the scriptures found at John 5:28&29 and Acts 24:15. Jehovah God never lies.