Hank Greenspun was one part visionary, one part idealist, and two parts Don Quixote. His love affair with Las Vegas began in 1946 and continued until his passing in 1989. During his lifetime, Greenspun's strong sense of duty led him from World War II combat to unyielding support for the struggle to establish a Jewish homeland in the emerging State of Israel.
He moved in circles with statesmen and scoundrels. But his first passion, after the fierce devotion to his family, was for Las Vegas, the city that took him in and allowed him to fashion his destiny. That destiny was defined, first with the Las Vegas Sun daily newspaper--his voice in the growing community--and second with a keen sense of business acumen that transcended his growing media influence and extended his reach into real estate speculation and development.
Hank Greenspun's legacy, via the Greenspun Family Foundation, has been realized through continued contributions to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the Hank Greenspun School of Communications bear the name of this true humanitarian.