Lorraine Hanlon

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Lorraine Hanlon
Personal information
Full name Lorraine Hanlon
Country represented  United States
Coach Karl Schäfer, Felix Kaspar1
Skating club SC of Boston

Lorraine Hanlon Comanor is an American figure skater who competed in ladies singles. She is the 1963 U.S. national champion. After retiring from ice skating, Hanlon went on to attend medical school and practiced as an anesthesiologist for 40 years.

Early life

Hanlon was born in 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts to stockbroker Gordon B. Hanlon and artist and Harvard art historian Marguerite Pote Hanlon. As a child, she suffered from severe asthma and began skating after her mother took her to an ice rink to get away from pollen.2


She won the junior title at the 1961 United States Figure Skating Championships. She was invited to participate in an exhibition following that year's World Figure Skating Championships but declined because her school would not allow her to go.3 That decision proved fateful, as the flight she would have been on (Sabena Flight 548) crashed near Brussels, Belgium, killing all on board.

Hanlon won the silver medal at the 1962 U.S. Championships and the gold at the 1963 U.S. Championships. However, she retired prior to the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Hanlon was a graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, and was attending the Swiss Alpine College in Switzerland the same year she won her U.S. title. She had previously spent summers training in Europe and spoke fluent French and German.4 In the 1963-64 season she returned to Boston and continued to skate while attending Jackson Collegedisambiguation needed,5 but finished 4th at the U.S. Championships and therefore failed to qualify for the 1964 Winter Olympics.6


Event 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
World Championships 10th 10th
U.S. Championships 4th J. 1st J. 2nd 1st 4th
  • J = Junior level

Career in Medicine

Hanlon attended Winsor School in Boston before attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from Harvard in 1968 and continued on to the Stanford University School of Medicine in California. She was one of six women in her class of 60 at the Stanford University School of Medicine.2

She completed an internship in pediatrics at San Francisco Children's Hospital and her residency at Stanford University Hospital in anesthesia. She then spent a year traveling before settling down in the San Francisco Bay area in 1974, where she practiced anesthesia for 20 years.2

She did an internship in pediatrics at San Francisco Children's Hospital and a residency in anesthesia at Stanford University Hospital. After a year in England and Japan, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1974, and practiced anesthesia there for the next twenty years.2

In 1994, Hanlon switched from clinical practice to research and began to work at Bayer HealthCare in the department of scientific affairs for nucleic acid diagnostics. There, she helped coordinate and design Bayer's United States and Canadian hepatitis studies.2


  1. ^ "Meet the Champions", Skating magazine, May 1961
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Lorraine Hanlon Comanor". National Library of Medicine. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nichols, Nikki. Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team. Emmis Books. ISBN 1-57860-260-2. 
  4. ^ "1963 North American, U.S., & Canadian Champions", Skating magazine, May 1963
  5. ^ "News About Skaters", Skating magazine, Dec 1963
  6. ^ Benjamin T. Wright, Skating in America

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