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|Vandal great passes away|
MOSCOW, Idaho – Lifelong University of Idaho supporter and Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Gerry Hagedorn passed away Monday in Moscow at the age of 88.
Hagedorn was a founding member of the Vandal Scholarship Fund, a former University of Idaho student-athlete and a lifelong supporter of athletics and the university. He was inducted into the Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
“Numerous track and field student-athletes have benefited from Gerry Hagedorn’s generosity and passion,” Idaho director of athletics Rob Spear said on Tuesday. “Even with his passing, his legacy will remain with the Vandal Family forever.”
A two-time Idaho high school state champion in the javelin, Hagedorn was thrower for track and field for two years and also a walk-on basketball player for two years at Idaho before he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a founding member of Vandal Boosters, Inc. (now known as the Vandal Scholarship Fund) in 1947.
Hagedorn’s many generous donations to the University of Idaho over the years have supported projects like the Vandal Athletic Center, the track and field office renovation and the recent purchase of new hurdles, high jump mats and pole vault equipment, in addition to endowed scholarships for student-athletes.
Idaho track and field annually gives the “Gerry Hagedorn Award” to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of academics, athletics and citizenship.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Gerry Hagedorn Athletic Scholarship. Checks can be sent in care of:
University of Idaho Foundation
PO Box 3143
Moscow, ID 83844-3143