NORMAN — William T. Hagan, late of Bedford, Texas, and formerly of Norman, died Aug. 5, 2011.
He was born and raised in Huntington, W.Va., where he attended public schools and graduated in 1941 from Marshall University. After volunteering for Army service in 1942, he served as an anti-aircraft officer in the Southwest Pacific during WWII. Following his discharge, he received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Hagan taught initially at what is now the University of North Texas in Denton and then at State University of New York at Fredonia, where he achieved the rank of Distinguished Professor and served in several administrative posts, including acting academic vice president. Upon his retirement from the SUNY System in 1989, he joined the history faculty of the University of Oklahoma, retiring from that post in 1995.
Dr. Hagan’s research specialty was American Indian history. On that and related topics, he published several books and articles. He served as president of both the American Society of Ethno History and the Western History Association. In 1989, he was awarded the Western History Association Prize and, in 2003, was inducted into the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Hagan was preceded in death by his parents, William F. and Verna Grass Hagan of Huntington, W.Va.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Charlotte “April” Hagan of Bedford; daughters Martha Ruffman and late husband Joel of Pasadena, Calif., and Sarah Esserand and her husband Wayne of Alexandria, Va.; and sons Dan Hagan and his wife Nancy of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tom Hagan and his wife Marilyn of Dallas. In addition, Dr. Hagan is survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Dr. William T. Hagan Memorial Fund, University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc., 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019, or to The Salvation Army, 311 Southwest Fifth St., Oklahoma City, OK 73109 to benefit the Norman division of the Salvation Army.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011