Hanenberg joined WWD in 1956 and served in a variety of capacities, including sportswear news editor, managing editor and copy editor, until he retired in 1988. During the early part of his career at the newspaper, he left briefly to be licensing director for Christian Dior here.
It was as sportswear news editor that Hanenberg was best known, churning out copious amounts of copy on a daily basis that reflected his thorough knowledge of the industry.
He could often sound like an orator, even under mundane circumstances. When a source wanted him to print a story that was less than completely truthful, Hanenberg told him, in stentorian tones that boomed off the office walls, “I refuse to be party to an ambiguity!”
He was an avid reader whose references were sometimes steeped in scholarship, once flattening a verbal sparring partner with the line, “That idea, sir, is as obsolete as falconry!”
His wife was also associated with the fashion industry, spending 25 years with the Fashion Institute of Technology. She retired in June as associate director of the FIT Foundation.
Also surviving are his son, Richard; two daughters, Kate Hanenberg and Sophia deBoer; a brother, Sam; a sister, Pauline Lerner, and three grandchildren, James and Annie deBoer and Maisie Bornstein.