|Full name||Lorraine Hanlon Comanor|
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||1946 (age 67–68)
|Former coach||Karl Schäfer, Felix Kaspar1|
|Skating club||SC of Boston|
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
Hanlon won the junior title at the 1961 U.S. Championships. She was invited to participate in an exhibition following that year's World Championships but declined because her school would not allow her to go.34 That decision proved fateful, as the flight she would have been on (Sabena Flight 548) crashed near Brussels, Belgium, killing all on board.
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.5 In the 1963-64 season she returned to Boston and continued to skate while attending Jackson Collegedisambiguation needed,6 but finished fourth at the U.S. Championships and therefore failed to qualify for the 1964 Winter Olympics.7
|U.S. Championships||4th J.||1st J.||2nd||1st||4th|
|J. = Junior level|
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
Hanlon completed an internship in pediatrics at San Francisco Children's Hospital and her residency at Stanford University Hospital in anesthesia. After a year in England and Japan, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1974, where she practiced anesthesia for twenty years.2 In 1994, Hanlon switched from clinical practice to research and began working 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
- Meet the Champions, Skating magazine, May 1961
- "Dr. Lorraine Hanlon Comanor". National Library of Medicine. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
- Duffy, Bob (December 31, 2000). "Twists of fate". The Boston Globe.
- Nichols, Nikki. Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team. Emmis Books. ISBN 1-57860-260-2.
- 1963 North American, U.S., & Canadian Champions, Skating magazine, May 1963
- News About Skaters, Skating magazine, December 1963
- Wright, Benjamin T., Skating in America