Former Hanover College president John Horner dies

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, file)

HANOVER, Ind. (AP) — John Edward Horner, who served three decades as Hanover College’s president and oversaw its reconstruction following a devastating 1974 tornado, has died at age 92.

Hanover College director of publications Sandra Guthrie says Horner died Thursday of natural causes at his Durham, N.C., home.

Horner was appointed president of the private college in the Ohio River town of Hanover in 1958, serving until 1987. His tenure included construction of more than a dozen buildings and facilities on the 650-acre campus.

Horner also oversaw the campus’ reconstruction after it was heavily damaged by an F4 tornado on April 3, 1974, that caused $10 million in damage.

Survivors include his wife of more than six decades, Anne Evans Horner; son Scott Horner; daughters Joanne Woerner and Heather Hohlt; and seven grandchildren. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s