Carl H. Hauber, J.D., C.A.E., 1931–2008

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Carl H. Hauber, J.D., C.A.E., the first executive director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), died on August 4, 2008. Hauber opened the AANS National Office in 1977 with a part-time secretary and a small annual budget. From 1977 to 1996, he initiated and directed a wide array of programs and activities and oversaw a tremendous increase in the association's size and scope.

Hauber joined the AANS with an established reputation as a leader in association management. He was influential in initiating staff–volunteer relationships critical for dealing with the demands placed on associations, and in 1983 convinced the

Carl H. Hauber, J.D., C.A.E., the first executive director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), died on August 4, 2008. Hauber opened the AANS National Office in 1977 with a part-time secretary and a small annual budget. From 1977 to 1996, he initiated and directed a wide array of programs and activities and oversaw a tremendous increase in the association's size and scope.

Hauber joined the AANS with an established reputation as a leader in association management. He was influential in initiating staff–volunteer relationships critical for dealing with the demands placed on associations, and in 1983 convinced the board of directors to establish a permanent headquarters in Park Ridge, Illinois. Working together with the AANS leadership, he instituted the Professional Development Program and established the Publications Program. He developed the AANS annual meeting poster program as well as innovative ways to expand the meeting and reduce costs.

Hauber instituted the Comprehensive Neurosurgical Practice Survey, the single most comprehensive source of demographic data on the neurosurgical specialty in the US, and created policy and rules for the maintenance of an Expert Witness Testimony File, a concept that has been studied throughout the medical association community and has served as a prototype for other organizations. He established a historical archive for neurosurgery and initiated the Leaders in Neuroscience oral history series. During Hauber's tenure, the AANS received numerous awards for organizational excellence. When he retired from the AANS in 1996, Hauber was designated an honorary member of the association, a distinction held by only 42 people in the AANS' 76-year history.

Other Professional Positions, Honors, and Interests

Hauber received his degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1961. He became a certified association executive (CAE) in 1973. An avid skin diver, he was a founding member and president of the Underwater Society of America from 1958 to 1961 (receiving the prestigious NOGI Award for distinguished service). He was awarded the Presidential Citation during his tenure as Executive Director the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. In 1978 Hauber received the Key Award, the highest award of the American Society of Association Executives and in 1984 became the first recipient of the Samuel B. Shapiro Award, awarded by the Association Forum of Chicagoland.

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Photograph of Carl H. Hauber, J.D., C.A.E.

Hauber was an active member of the US Air Force Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel, having received the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He had an enduring interest in history and a lifelong passion for collecting artifacts, primarily from World War I. He and his wife Wanda founded the Museum of Military Memorabilia in Naples, Florida.

As a person and boss, Carl Hauber was a unique role model. He considered his staff part of his family and took pride in staff accomplishments in professional and personal realms. He was a great mentor and a worthy advisor.

Article Information

Please include this information when citing this paper: published online February 27, 2009; DOI: 10.3171/2009.1.00244.

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