In Memoriam ~ Douglas Dean Hagestad

Douglas Dean Hagestad, former associate director for the Transportation Center, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007. He was walking the family dog, and succumbed to heart problems. He was only 63 years old.

Hagestad will be remembered by friends, family & colleagues as a passionate teacher, a relentlessly positive presence, and a rock-solid, reliable friend to all.

Hagestad joined the Transportation Center in August 2006 as the newly appointed Associate Director, but had worked for NUTC years before, animating the Sandhouse Rail Group since its inception & building the budding forum into the networking hub it is today.

In memory of Hagestad's leadership & significant contributions of time & talent to the Sandhouse Rail Group, the group was officially renamed the Hagestad Sandhouse Rail Group in 2007. The Transportation Center established the Douglas Hagestad Education Fund that same year to support & sustain Sandhouse programming.