I am where I am today because of Fred Hagerman. And I love where I am today. Kudos to Fritz.
Dr. Hagerman touched my life in many ways. I was thinking of him just this week, and often share stories of him or his class to my children. I owe him much. My prayers to all of his family.
To the Hagerman Family,
I am sorry to have just learned of Dr. Hagerman's passing. I was a student at OU from ‘83–'88. I have so many good memories of my time at OU, and many of them include inspiring experiences in the classroom, lab, and even a few runs with Dr. Hagerman. His ability to balance career, family and competitive running fascinates me to this day. I would like to share a few of my favorite memories.
The first day I met Dr. Hagerman was in anatomy lecture. I walked to the front of the classroom to pay my lab fee and before I could tell him my name he said,” Thank you, Kevin!” and crossed my name off his list. There were probably 80 students in the class, another Kevin besides me, and on the first day he knew everyone's name. Amazing.
Later I was a lab assistant for Dr. Hagerman in anatomy and at the end of the quarter he invited all the assistants to your home for an ice cream sundae bar. “Marge does a great job with the toppings,” he told us. He was right, the sundaes were delicious, endless, and we all had a wonderful time.
When the subject of skipping class would come up, Dr. Hagerman would say, “You can't make up a missed experience.” How true those words are, and Dr. Hagerman could make any moment a learning experience not to be missed.
I ran with Dr. Hagerman a few times in small groups. I was expecting those training runs to turn into races, but not at all. Doc was in full coach/father mode, keeping the pace slow and watching traffic, he even told me to get back up on the sidewalk as we ran along Richland Ave. “Up here, Kevin!,” he said, ”You're going to get hit by a car.”
My wife and I have four kids and I have been a practicing PT for 25 years. Every day I use knowledge I gained from Dr. Hagerman. Not only the basic sciences he taught, but he also knowing how to teach, challenge, and support others to help them become their best.
Thank you for sharing him with us. His spirit will always be present.
I am very sorry to learn of Dr. Hagerman's passing. He was a great man. He was the best professor I ever had, from my bachelor's degree at Ohio University through my Master's degree at Syracuse University. I had a close relationship with Dr. Hagerman during my time at OU. I tutored anatomy for his classes, and he sponsored me for my Dean's Achievement Scholarship. I met my wife of 35 years in his physiology of exercise class. I also remember his caring way with students and his bantering with others that made you feel at ease. Though demanding in class, he made the information useful and his great way with people made his classes something I and so many others something I looked forward to attending each day. He was a great instructor of his material, but more importantly, a great model for any person to follow. He will be missed.
Dear Marge, Erik, Kris & Bonnie,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have such fond memories of Fritz and all of you from the time we met in 1969. Especially recall attending all of the cross country meets for Athens High School and Fritz's intensity of support for Erik & Kris and the whole team. You are in my prayers.
Marge and family, My thoughts are with you. Fritz is one of the most influential individuals I've have the opportunity to know. Every job, appointment and school acceptance I owe to 'Doc'. He will always be legendary in many minds. Thank you Dr. Hagerman.
I was fortunate to be on Staff at Camp Decorah with Fritz. He led by example. Great guy! My condolences to the family.
I was on the Camp Decorah staff during the early '70s. Fritz would visit the camp on vacation with his family during those summers, and was always viewed as a celebrity due to his many accomplishments. Despite our more youthful advantage, he would run "the block" with us, and was VERY competitive (he would lead the whole way, and then let us win by a nose). I appreciated that he was very humble and genuinely interested in the Staff--almost like extended family members. I'm proud to have known him.
My condolences to the Hagerman Family. Doc was my graduate student advisor at OU in 1986-87. He was a wonderful mentor to me not only in the field of exercise physiology but in life. His dynamic personality and charm lit up a lab room. Everyone listened when doc gave advise. He always set the bar high and expected alot from his students but we all learned and did better in our field because of his high expectations. Thank you doc for being such an inspiration to me to continue to learn more and strive to do my best. Andrea Kosinski Colvin
Marge, Bonnie, Erik and Kris:
Fritz will always be remembered for his tenacity, his passion, his boundless energy and professional excellence and contribution to his field; I admire him so much as a loving, supportive husband and devoted father. They don't make em like that anymore. Truly a man that set the bar high for all of us. We will hold him close in our hearts!
As I catch up on the rowing news in the World I'm saddened to hear of Fritz's passing. A week ago when doing the same, a smile came across my face when reading the announcement of this years Jack Kelly Award winner. Fritz, such an appropriate person! As an athlete he made us understand our bodies better with an eye always to improve. Basically we need to realize what is god given and improve where where we could. I will always cherish the runs and discussions around the lake in Aiguebelette France as he continued his teaching even after the athlete had retired. An inspiration to those he touched.
Dear Marge, Bonnie, Erik & Kris-
David and I are saddened to learn of your loss. Although I had the privilege of meeting Fritz only a few times, I remember him as being both genuinely interesting and genuinely interested in others. Reading the comments left here by so many former students and athletes reinforces that impression. What an incredible legacy he leaves, not only among those fortunate enough to have benefitted from his teaching, coaching and friendship, but especially among the family that he so dearly loved.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.
Marge and family, I have been so blessed to have known 'Doc', what a great man. I was a 'lab rat in ' at OU in 85-87 and 'Doc' helped me get my internship as a research assistant for the USOC in Colorado Springs. His smile was contagious! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
"Doc" was adviser for the OU Yeomen Club in early 70's. I was president of the club and had the opportunity to know Doc quite well. In one conversation during my senior year just before starting the campus interviewing process, he gave me his advise that pointed me down the path to the career I have enjoyed for past 40 years! Needless to say, Doc will always have a place in my thoughts!
My condolences to the family and I pray that the may be comforted. I remember Fritz playing softball down at the rec fields. Also ran into him a lot on campus and uptown. He was just a super guy and a pleasure to be around. He will be greatly missed.
I have not seen Fritz much in past years but (since not training for teams) back in the day(s) Fritz was always the person that would make all of our eyes light up when we heard he would be coming to test or to hang out and watch a practice. Fritz had a great sense of humor and moreover a wonderful sense of grace and lightness about and around him.
All the best Frtiz!!
I am the mom of one of those US national team athletes under Doc's care. I did not know him well, but I watched him watch over those young men and women with wisdom and concern and general good fun. The rowing world is poorer for his loss. I can only imagine the hole it leaves in his family.
I had the privilege of getting to know "Doc" over 40 years ago when we ran together. While many can attest to his accomplishments in his area of expertise, I can only tell you what a wonderful and pleasant person he was to be around. I know he will be missed dearly by everyone, especially Marge and family but God called home a wonderful member of his family.
Fritz was always upbeat, always data drive, always active. He was the perfect companion to any team. And while, in my day, his charge was the national eight and big boats, his love of running led him to befriend this single sculler and start tutoring him on training cycles and performance objectives. Thanks to his family for sharing him with us.
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Hagerman. I only had the chance to interact with him a few times but his passion for rowing and his joy for life was evident just with a brief encounter.
I was thrilled to read that Fritz was awarded the Jack Kelly Award by USRowing and then, 24 hours later, stunned when Mike T gave us the news of Fritz's passing. As Kris K pointed out, Fritz never saw numbers he didn't like when we tested. "Great Numbers! Great Numbers!" he exhorted. I had the pleasure of knowing Fritz for many years and he truly helped de-mystify our testing. Testing always seemed a little less grim when Fritz was around. His contributions to USRowing are immeasurable. When I think of him, I will laugh and think about MIke's story of Fritz at the 99 Worlds. To Marge and the family, Fritz's passing helps me remember those days in the 80's and 90's with a little more poignancy. I will always remember our relationship fondly and with pride because he always helped me go a littel deeper into the tank and make positively sure it was on empty at the end. Godspeed Fritz
I am sorry to hear about Fritz. I have met him several times at many World Cups Regattas. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
What shocking and sad news. At the Head of the Charles Regatta last month, I said to my boatmates, "Do you know the name Fritz Hagerman?" Most had, so I told about meeting him in 1971 and getting advice on running. He sold me--at cost ($12)--newfangled shoes from a company called Nike. He was kind, enthusiastic, charismatic, and I have remembered him with great affection over the decades, and I will continue in that. My tearful sympathies.
Family of Fritz, Top and Sam.
My first teaching experience was with foster brother Fritz. In all ways, what a great role model! With gratitude and love you have my deepest sympathy.
Dear Erik, Kris, Bonnie and Mrs. Hagerman--
My heart goes out to you all.
I was fortunate to be in several classes with Dr. Hagerman (including the wonderful training study where I was a human guinea pig for Keith Flint and Marci Cox), and every experience was excellent. I am a professor now myself, and I try to emulate the passion Dr. Hagerman had for every day of every class he taught.
We sold our family home in Athens about a year ago, and as we were cleaning the place out, I found a note Dr. Hagerman had written to my dad after having me in class--what a kind thing for Dr. H to do, to take the time to let a colleague know that he appreciated having his daughter in class and that my parents had done something good in raising me. I will keep that note forever.
I was so sorry to hear about Fritz. I cannot tell you how much my dad thought of him and spoke of him. I know he was an inspiration to him as well. My deepest sympathies and I will bring mom and dad to Athens for the Spring memorial.
I don't know how to begin to express either the loss I feel or the gratitude that I have attempted to demonstrate for all that I learned and gained from knowing Dr. Hagerman. As I have communicated elsewhere, this remarkable man was the most inspiring person—and the greatest teacher—I have ever known. And I sincerely believe that everything I have ever done well, I can attribute in some way to Doc. He was my advisor, mentor, role model, and inspiration to perform well — whether in academics, work, running, parenthood, or in life. Kristof, Erik, Bonnie, and Mrs. Hagerman, you have always been dear to me. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
I was a student of Dr. Hagerman in in 76 and 77. He was and always will be the epitome of a wonderful teacher. He was so excited to teach everyday. I remained in the area and anytime he passed by me on the street, he would call my name, unbelievable. The world will miss him, as will I.
To Marj, Erik, Chris and Bonnie:
Your Dad was an original to say the least. His left handed hook shot at our driveway hoop was unstoppable. Every time I ran into him he would ask about my parents and genuinely listened. As you already know he impacted MANY lives and what more can you measure a person by than that. I am sure you will be amazed at the many stories to be related to you and I hope that brings you comfort!
My deepest sympathies go out to Marjorie and the family. "Doc" was truly a wonderful man and the most superb educator I've ever had. I feel so grateful to have learned from him. His enthusiasm and belief in me led me to pursue exercise physiology. As an anatomy TA for Doc, he would always talk of the relationships and opportunities developed from that TA experience. Low and behold, I met my wonderful wife being his anatomy TA. Thanks for everything again Doc!!!! You'll be greatly missed.
The Fiutem Family
Leaders see potential and Fritz Hagerman was an impressive leader. He was my undergraduate advisor from 1981-1985. One particular morning, he called me to his office. I was anxious! The prior evening he scolded me during a test-prep study session for not knowing the answer to a question that I had asked.
I worked hard to get A's in his classes and I knew he was disappointed in me. I remember sitting there, my hands in my lap, waiting for him to say something. It felt like minutes were ticking by and then Doc said, “That's a pretty sweater”, almost yelling it at me. I was dumbfounded. Speechless. “Thank you?” I replied. And then it hit me - this was an apology for the scolding. He then asked if I had any other questions. "Did I understand how to trace a drop of blood?”. “Yes” I said, "I was clear on that now” (and would be for a long time).
Doc was not afraid to call someone out for being lazy with their brain. He helped me achieve an understanding of anatomy that benefits me to this very day. I am a physical therapist and I've been thinking about Fritz Hagerman regularly for over 30 years. He cared about me, my studies and my future. He will live on in my heart and cherished memories.
Here's a man who was an example to everyone who calls themselves a fitness professional. He was the ultimate fitness professional and lived it out every day. I still use some of his phrases in my classes every year. Thanks, Fritz, just for being you.
My heart goes out to you and your family. May your Dad's spirit live on in the bond you shared.
Wonderful man and wonderful professor!! Honored to have learned from him!
Condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. I learned so much from Doc in my 2 years as his graduate student, not just about physiology, but about being a good human being. I was intimidated by his loud voice in the beginning, then I learned to love him. He was truly one of a kind.
The word "great" is overused in our society these days but those who knew "Doc" (still hard for me to call him Fritz after 37 years) would agree that he embodied greatness. In all his associations with academics, rowing, and baseball he was held in the highest esteem yet he would often say how fortunate and grateful for the opportunities he had in his lifetime. Next to my father there has been no better influence I had than Fritz. I have been blessed with having had him in my life initially as one of his awed students to friend. Words cannot express the loss that so many of us feel...As one of my friends and past students told me after hearing of Doc's passing "We lost a giant and there will never be another one like him" How so very true....My love and support go out to Marge, Bonnie, Chris and Eric
Thank you, Dr. Hagerman, for all you did to help me in my education & career - I will be forever grateful, & I will never forget you. My condolences to the family.
I cannot express in words the impact that Doc had on me, both as a student and an educator. His infectious enthusiasm, passion for A & P and eternal optimism are as much a part of me today as it was 20 years ago when I had the honor to have him as a professor and mentor. I hear him as I present my own lectures on a daily basis and strive to enlighten my students as he did so passionately for me. My deepest sympathies to the entire family during this time.
Fritz was part of every FISA Commission Meeting dinner table, and the conversations at the after dinner solve-the-world's-problems group of Hart Perry, Chris Dodd, Marc Top, Peter Thomas, Ingrid Dieterle, random invited guests, and me. We also found ourselves on the same plane heading to those meetings and talked for hours, which assuaged my flying anxiety and provided me with a free physiology course from an expert. He was a remarkable individual, a committed student, regardless of his age; a dedicated professional in his craft, and a man who made a difference for ooaches, rowers and so many American teams. No one was like Fritz. It was truly a gift to have known him, and there is a phenomenal void in the sport that will not find one of his calibre easily.
I saw my Briarwood neighbor at the grocery recently, he was purchasing a stack of his favorite dark chocolate bars. We talked about the kids and Maggie. That is how I will remember him. Thinking of Mrs. Hagerman and the lovely Hagerman family.
Maryann Sudnick Gunderson
Marge and family...Betty and I would like to express our sincere sympathy for your lose of Doc/Fritz. He will always be a part of our running life in Athens. Also he was the 1st professor I had who knew everyone's name in his class---taught me how important one's name is which I used in all my years as an educator. Thanks for being an inspiration for many of us Doc!!! Jim and Betty Mason(Germany)