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In memoriam: Donald Hagedorn

Donald J. Hagedorn, emeritus professor of plant pathology, passed away on Wednesday, April 11.

His obituary follows:

Dr. Donald J. Hagedorn, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at HospiceCare in Fitchburg. Don was born on May 18, 1919, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Scheyer) Hagedorn in Moscow, Idaho. Dr. Hagedorn achieved his undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho and his master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Don married Eloise Tierney on July 18, 1943, in Salt Lake City Utah and they shared 63 wonderful years together. Dr. Hagedorn was an internationally known plant pathologist and professor of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1948 until the time of his retirement in 1987. His dedication to field research led to the development of disease resistant peas and beans. A popular teacher and advisor, he provided a nurturing environment for the 48 graduate students who studied under his direction. Dr. Hagedorn published 320 scientific papers, many of which he presented at meetings and conferences in every area of the globe. His contributions to the field earned him many awards and recognitions, including the CIBA-Geigy Award in Plant Pathology, meritorious service awards from the National Pea Improvement Association and the Bean Improvement Co-operative, the Forty-Niners Service Award for outstanding service to the canning industries, the APS Fellow Award from the American Phytopathological Society and an Honorary Doctor of Science from his alma mater, the University of Idaho. In addition to his membership in several professional associations, Dr. Hagedorn was the co-organizer of both the International Working Group on Legume Viruses and the National Pea Improvement Association and appointed to the U.S. Plant Variety Protection Board in 1978, by the Secretary of Agriculture. He served his fellow man through work with the Boy Scouts of America, the Downtown Madison Kiwanis Club and as a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church. Don was an avid fisherman, fishing the lakes and streams of Canada, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Don is survived by his beloved wife, Eloise; his cherished grandchildren, Kristen, Erin and Sarah; daughter-in-law, Orlene; a brother, Gerald; nieces, Sharon Wenger and Mary Jane Allen; and nephews, Bill Tierney, Michael Tierney and Tom Evans. Donald is also survived by many friends and a dear friend and colleague, Bob Rand. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jim. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2007, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services. The family asks that memorials be made to the Hagedorn Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Ave., Madison, WI 53726 or The Donald J. Hagedorn Scholarship Endowment at the University of Idaho Trust and Investment Office, PO Box 443143, Moscow, ID 83844. Don will be remembered by many for his devotion to his wife, his sense of humor and his great love for all people. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com

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