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BY SUSAN USHER
Asked about a favorite topic?and there are many,
all pursued with equal zest?Bernard Hanke explodes
with enthusiam and energy.
Tn the classroom this enthusiasm becomes contagious;
one-on-one, it pleasantly sweeps the listener
As he talks in an adopted Yankee clip, his hands
move quickly within tne space caucu ius Siuuy, gauicnng
materials almost magically. The miniscule room reflects
three of Hanke's loves: teaching, the sciences and the
outdoors. A wooden desk of the sort once common in col1pS7P
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shelves and file cabinets of organized materials line the
oralis On raw ornll hangs a sketch of his lohster hoat,
"Capritaur," drawn by his wife, Myrtle.
He's chatting enthusiastically about a course he
begins leaching for Brunswick Technical College this
week for the second time. It's on marine life and the topic
seems to scare people away as being too technical, too
But its purpose is to acquaint people who don't know
much about science with the Brunswick County coast, the
plants and animals that make their home there, and how
they each relate to the other and to man. He's developed
his own teaching materials, his own audio visuals. Some
ot the more technical material ofi the subject he has
rewritten in simpler versions for the general student. A
resident of the county for two years himself, the students
in his first class also were transplants from the North. A
mix of natives and newcomers sharing ideas would make
a better class, he suggested.
"It's a survey course. Anyone can do it It's not
technical," he explained. "We're just going to enjoy
As an example he pulls out lab exercise sheets that
will be used during April labs conducted along the beach
and along a body of fresh water. Each sheet gives detailed
directions on how to perform a particular procedure,
such as testing for the amount of dissolved oxygen or salt
in the water. t
But students don't have to actually do the test unless
they want to. They do have to watch Hanke do it, and will
probably be surprised at the results. They're likely to
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remember at least a Uttle of what they've seen or heard.
"It's a memory jogger for someone who turns on the
TV and there's Jacque Cousteau," Hanke said. Yet the
material's available for the serious student who wants to
an farther on hie or hor own
Ip. addition to a simple text, Gunnar Thorson's "life
in the Sea," students receive stacks of what Hanke calls
"enhancements," handouts of current information on a
wiue langc of topics. Most arc geared to the North
Carolina coast, part of his effort to adapt for local use the
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STUDENTS USUALLY FIND Instructor Bernard
Hanke's enthusiasm contagious in the classroom. .
Here, he pulls together some materials used in a continuing
education course In marine life he's teaching for
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And his discipline was always excellent, quipped the '
self-proclaimed ham, pointing to a military-type haircut.
At 57, he's technically retired and has numerous hobbies
to fill his time, including fishing, boating, the
Masonic lodge and now golf.
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But Hanke says he is seriously considering a return
to full-time teaching because he enjoys it so much.
Yet he wasn't always a teacher; it was a third
career. Growing up in Evanston, 111., on Lake Michigan,
he followed family tradition and entered the U.S. Navy,
liver a perioa 01 eight years, iour months and a few d?y?
(in two hitches), he fished hb way around the world, he
says, on a troop transport that took him from Gibraltar to
Brazil, from the Caribbean to the North Atlantic. He's
fished most of the places he talks about in class, from the
Sea of Sargasso to the Bermuda Triangle.
After graduating from Columbia College in Chicago,
where he met Myrtle, also a U.S. Navy veteran, he pulled
a second hitch in the navy, then worked for 10 years as a
chemist with General Foods. He was on the team that
helped develop l'ang, the orange-fiavor iireakfasi urink.
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then won Suffolk College's Trustee Award for graduate
study in oceanography. He had found a career as rewarding
for him as it was for his students.
Hanke's Interests also include insects, especially
spiders, which he describes as "fascinating." He's also a
self-described "nut" about English history and the
American Civil Wur and he's working on Ids fourth model
In fact the Civil War was an indirect factor in he and
Myrtle relocating to Brunswick County from Fremingham.
Wiiile visiting n friend in Maryland one February,
they toured the cemetery at Fredericksburg.
Massachusetts was ice-locked; he was In shirt-sleeves
sniffing jonquils in Virginia.
From that point on the Hankes spent their hoiidavs
methodically searching the coast from Virginia to
Georgia. They became property owners seven years ago,
first buying a lot in Carolina Shores where their old friend
in Maryland had bought a home, then finding their present
home in Sen-Alrc Estates, a site that provides easy
access to the water. That's a necessity for two sailors
who once had to travel 47 miles to get to the water at Cape
Cod because public access there Is so limited.
"I was always looking for Utopia," Hanke enthused.
"I've found it. I have it here."
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