Visitation Information:

May 10th, 2022 at 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery
4121 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Service Information:

May 11th, 2022 at 02:00 PM
Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery
4121 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Dr. William Harry Hannon, 80

Dr. William Harry Hannon, age 80 of Buford, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Memorial Park South Chapel. Rev. Steve Stewart will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Memorial Park South Funeral Home.  For those unable to attend the service may be viewed at William Harry Hannon Memorial Service

Mr. Hannon was born June 9, 1941 to James Henry, Sr. & Margerite Hannon in Covington, Georgia. Dr. Harry Hannon has made many significant and lasting contributions in the advancement of public health laboratory science, particularly in improving and standardizing newborn screening methods. Chief among his accomplishments is the creation of the Newborn Screening Quality Assurance Program (NSQAP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under his direction, this program has become an integral part of the newborn screening systems in the United States and around the world. The NSQAP serves as a center of expertise for all of the state public health laboratories, and more than 400 laboratories in the United States and 71other countries, by providing proficiency testing, training, reference materials and consultation services for the testing of newborns for preventable diseases.

Since the 1970s, Dr. Hannon has served on more than 40 scientific committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academy of Sciences. His committee work with the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute has been instrumental in setting standards and guidelines for national health policies for laboratory procedures. He served as the CDC liaison to the APHL Newborn Screening & Genetics in Public Health Committee and is one of the key founders of what has become the APHL-sponsored Newborn Screening and Genetic Testing Symposium.

Dr. Hannon received his PhD from the University of Tennessee in Biochemistry in 1972 and did post-doctoral training at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. His areas of expertise are immunochemistry, dried-blood spot technologies, newborn screening for metabolic disorders, and laboratory quality assurance systems. He has been awarded more than 35 awards nationally and internationally, including the Robert Guthrie Award presented by the International Society for Neonatal Screening and the PHS Superior Service Award given by the US Department of Health and Human Services. His publications number well over 200, and he has contributed many book chapters, abstracts and presentations covering a variety of topics in public health. For more than 30 years, Dr. Hannon has led the way in developing and improving newborn screening methods, preventing death and disability for millions of children.

He is survived by his daughter; Terri Fain; son, John Hannon; brother, James H. “Jim” Hannon, Jr.; sister & brother-in-law, Sandra & Gerald Yates and Margaret & Mike Burgess; sister, Starr Strickland; grandchildren, Spencer Cape, Zachary Thomas, Shelby Opperman, Joseph Hannon, Austin Fain, & Katherine Fain; and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Cheryl Hannon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to March of Dimes online at or by mail to March of Dimes
Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 18819, Atlanta, GA 31126. Or donate to Hunters Hope Foundation online at!/donation/checkout or by mail to P.O. Box 643, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge of arrangements.  Send online condolences to


Condolences 28
Carla Cuthbert 2022-05-06 19:10:38
I am truly sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. Harry left an indelible mark on all who knew him. I am grateful for his vision and passion and for his legacy of service to the newborn screening community. We will truly miss him. Many condolences to his family. I am so sorry for your loss and wish you peace and comfort during this very difficult time.
Betsy Stewart 2022-05-06 20:50:30
I've had the pleasure of knowing Harry socially over decades. His contributions to the scientific world have been life changing for many. But what I will treasure is his smile, his selfless generosity, and his razor sharp wit. It was easy to laugh with Harry. He is a true southern gentleman.
Robert (Bob) Hill 2022-05-06 21:19:31
Harry was a great friend and a top notch scientist. I was blessed to know and work with him. He had a keen sense of humor that we all loved. Please accept my condolences for your loss. But we were all so blessed to have him with us. May God bless you all.
Rebecca Hannon 2022-05-06 22:31:39
Rest In Peace Harry. I will be forever Grateful for all you did for myself and for my children. You will be missed and never forgotten.
David Schwartz 2022-05-07 07:49:07
So sorry. We lost a real gentleman and someone who I enjoyed working with for the benefit of all newborns for 25 years. He will be truly missed.
Judi M Tuerck 2022-05-07 09:50:48
The world has lost a very special person and many share your loss. May the strength of your family support you all during this difficult time, My deepest sympathy to you all.
Sheila 2022-05-07 11:37:31
My condolences to the family of this great, caring and intelligent human.
Julie Luedtke 2022-05-07 11:42:51
Harry was a true icon in the newborn screening world. I know he was a mentor to me and to hundreds of other NBS professionals. He definitely left his mark on the world and will be greatly missed! Thank you Harry for all of your gifts! My deepest sympathies to his family and all who knew him!
Susan R Panny, MD 2022-05-07 13:40:24
Sending deepest sympathy to Harry's family and many friends. Please know how much he was respected and loved by his colleagues...As requested a donation in his memory was made to the March of Dimes. 🥀
John Matthews 2022-05-07 16:34:18
Harry was a great classmate & fine gentleman & will be missed by his family & classmates
Starr Haight Hein 2022-05-07 17:31:20
Harry has always held a special place in my heart. We grew up together and attended Tucker HS together. I know we all have our time to go pass but will fondly remember our fun times many years ago. To all his loved ones I hope you find peace and remember him with love.
Buddy Barrett 2022-05-07 18:41:34
So proud that our Tucker HS classmate achieved such status in the medical field with CDC.
Dan and Debbie Bell 2022-05-08 09:12:11
My family and I really enjoyed Harry’s company when he would be here in Wheeling visiting my sister. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathies to family and friends. Take comfort from memories and good times.
Jimmy Hannon 2022-05-08 09:52:34
Brother, thanks for being my inspiration, mentor. I will miss you more than you could ever imagine. Until we meet again , GBO. I love you !
Hugh gardner 2022-05-08 11:52:30
It was great mowing and working with Harry. He was a good friend and chief.
Mizanul Hasan 2022-05-08 12:38:33
Good bye Dr. William Harry Hannon. You have made this world more beautiful for thousands of children who born with inborn errors. Rest in peace!
Mike O’Shea 2022-05-08 15:08:33
It is with sadness I hear the passing is f Harry. Thousand of thousand of infants are externally grateful for the opportunities to live a healthy life due to the efforts of Harry. Always a gentleman. I hope Harry family find comfort in the weeks and months ahead.
John Dinan 2022-05-09 07:55:08
I'll never forget closing the show, on stage singing Elvis with you Harry at the PerkinElmer ANSS or mid-summer gathering at Naantali, Finland. I've had the tremendous privilege and honour to know you since the inception of ID Biological Systems in 2007, then through my years at PerkinElmer. You were always so kind and approachable, a true gentleman. You will be so very sorely missed. Harry Hannon has left the building. May he rest in eternal peace.
The Puglisi Family 2022-05-09 08:29:10
We didn't know Harry very long but we always enjoyed his company. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace.
Pat Roberts 2022-05-09 09:11:19
My sincere condolences to all of the family members of Dr Hannon. I was privilidged to meet Dr Hannon on couple of occasions in connection with my newborn screening advocacy work in the UK. Dr Hannon was always happy to talk and to offer any advice and support that he could. He will be a great loss to the newborn screening community.
Gary Howell 2022-05-09 15:34:52
Sorry to hear of the passing of Harry. We spent many enjoyable hours together while members of the Duluth Jaycees. My condolences to the family.
Lois Oliver Alexander 2022-05-09 16:29:34
Sending sympathy to Harry's family from a former classmate of '59 at Tucker High School, Tucker, GA.
Angela Ritcheson-Griggs 2022-05-09 17:53:56
You and Barbara were like 2nd mom and dad growing up. You were dearly loved and will be missed. Praying for peace and comfort for the family. R.I.P.
Brad Therrell 2022-05-10 16:35:51
Harry, I think many would agree that we were newborn screening brothers and I am thankful that we were able to connect in that way ever since the late 1970s. It was fun to act as you translator in many locations around the world - since many have trouble understanding our southern US dialect. You truly made our trips interesting and memorable, and I learned a lot from you. Rest In Peace!! My sincerest condolences to the family. You were always in his thoughts!
Carlos de Cespedes 2022-05-10 17:47:56
I am very sorry to hear the news. The success of our National Newborn Screening Program in Costa Rica would not be possible without the help of Harry Hannon in the launch and continued support with his wonderful QA program at CDCs. I am very proud to have been able to share his friendship and enjoy his good humor. My sincere sympathy to his family.
Golriz Yazdanpanah 2022-05-11 10:36:26
Dr. Hannon was a great Chief and mentor, and will be missed by many! My heartfelt condolences to his family, wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Rest In Peace dear Harry!
Marion Schwartz 2022-05-11 11:11:31
I was deeply saddened to hear of Harry's passing. He made an overwhelmng and outstandng international legacy which revolutionized newborn screening for all who work in the field and especially for countless affected newborns and their families. On a personal level, he helped so many people who worked in the field, myself included! Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautriful memories. Rest in peace, Harry. My condolences to the entire family.
Andrea M. Matthews 2022-05-13 11:58:49
Very sad to hear of Dr. Hannon's passing. He always had a gentle way of encouraging family perspectives. My condolences to his family and the entire NBS community. Be well.
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