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Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities
About Dr. Hagan


Dr. Cornelius Hagan, standing in front of the Center sign, on the day of the dedication

The Hagan Foundation is named for Dr. Cornelius Hagan. Dr. Hagan was a retired Spokane ear, nose and throat specialist and a life-long lover of books. He was a 1935 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his internship and surgical residency at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital, followed by another internship and residency with the Ear, Nose and Throat Service at Columbia - Presbyterian Medical School and Babies Hospital in New York City. World War II brought Dr. Hagan to Spokane. Here he completed his tour of duty with the U.S. Air Corps at Fort George Wright. Dr. Hagan stated that, after a brief vacation, he and his wife came back to Spokane and stayed, practicing medicine until his retirement in 1978.

Dr. Hagan quietly supported literacy and book-purchase initiatives over the years, including a CCS endowment fund that provides assistance to full-time community college students who need help purchasing textbooks, said CCS Foundation Executive Director Gail Stevenson. "When we reviewed Dr. Hagan's generous support for these kinds of projects, it seemed very fitting to dedicate the Humanities Center in his honor, since improving SCC Library acquisitions in the humanities is a major emphasis of the center," she added.

Dr. Hagan passed away February 23, 2012.


(L to R) Dr. Gary Livingston, Chancellor/CEO, CCS; Dr. Cornelius Hagan; and President Steve Hanson, President, SCC, during the dedication ceremony

(L to R) Gail Stevenson, Executive Director, CCS Foundation; Dr. Cornelius Hagan; and Donni Heidenson, Hagan Foundation, during the dedication ceremony

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