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On December 30, 2009, Elizabeth Hanson '02 was one of five C.I.A. agents killed by a suicide bomber, along with two American security officers, in the remote mountains of Afghanistan. Stationed at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost Province, Hanson and her team were collecting information about militant networks in Afghanistan and Pakistan and plotting missions to kill the networks' top leaders, according to the New York Tmes.
At Colby Hanson majored in economics and minored in Russian language and literature. She was described by Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Faculty Michael Donihue '79 as a thoughtful person with an intellectual curiosity. Her senior thesis, "Faithless Heathens: Scriptural Economics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam," explored how the world's three major faith traditions applied economic principles.
In honor of Elizabeth's life and in keeping with the wishes stated in her will, her family has established a scholarship fund to benefit Colby students. If you would like to contribute to this fund online, please select the link below.
Or, to donate by check, please make checks out to "Colby College" with "Elizabeth Hanson" on the memo line and mail to