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.