Fr. Vincent A. Hagarman, SJ
Vincent A. Hagarman
Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Vincent A. Hagarman, SJ, who died on September 10, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. He is preceded in death by his twelve siblings. May he rest in peace.
Vince was born on January 19, 1922 in Dover, Ohio. He entered the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus on August 8, 1941 at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 13, 1954 at West Baden College in southern Indiana, and took final vows on August 15, 1958 in Dallas, Texas.
Before entering the Society, Vince attended John Carroll University for one year. As a Jesuit, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from Xavier University (1945). He earned Licentiate Degrees in Philosophy (1948) and Sacred Theology (1955) from West Baden College in West Baden, Indiana. He studied physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for one year (1956-1957). Vince earned a Masters (1957-1959) and a Ph.D. (1959-1961) in physics from the University of Texas. His Ph.D. dissertation was titled "Ferromagnetism and Its Influence on X-ray Absorption Spectra."
During Regency Vince taught Latin, math, and physics at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland (1948-1951). After obtaining his Ph.D., he taught at the University of Detroit (1961-1974) and was superior of the Collegian Program at U of D (1970-1972). In 1974 Vince moved to "the High" on 7 Mile Road. At the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy (UDJHS&A) he taught physics (1974-1986) and was rector of the Jesuit Community (1976-1979).
During his sabbatical in 1986-1987, Vince learned how to program and use computers and was very helpful in converting the UDJHS&A Advancement records to a computer format. In 1987 he moved to Clinton, Ohio, and for almost twenty years directed retreats at Loyola of the Lakes Retreat House (LOTL). He also did many other "jobs" at LOTL: taking care of the ground hog population, setting up and maintaining the computer system, and caring for the grounds. In 2006 Vince moved to Colombiere Center to care for his health. At Colombiere Center Vince remained active in the community by putting together jigsaw puzzles in the rec room, setting up the daily social, feeding the fish in the aquarium in the dining room, and sorting the mail.
During the often acrimonious deliberations in the 1970s about whether or not U of D High should move, Vince honed in on arguments, analyzed them clearly and assessed their worth, and then spoke dispassionately. He did the same when, as chair of the Detroit Province Senate, he recommended its dissolution to the Provincial.
Vince was a genuine gentleman who always had something good to say about other people. He was also very generous and helpful; and when asked to do something, Vince would respond "Sure" and begin the task.
Friday, September 15, 20174:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346-1015
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Immediately following the funeral