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Less is More

Dr. Hagan strongly supported all education, in the broadest sense, particularly if it “sparks the thirst for knowledge.” A humble man who enjoyed life to its fullest until his death in 2012 at the age of 101.   

“I want to give back a little of what Spokane has given to me.” His favorite parable: “If you give a man a fish, he will be fed for a day; but if you teach a man how to fish he will be fed for a lifetime.” Prior to his death, with no close family, he created a foundation to challenge the non-profits in our region to be innovative, creative, and synergetic to “offer access and educational opportunities for all.”

Cornelius E. Hagan, Jr., MD, was a long time resident of Spokane, living a rich and active life as a husband, Ear, Nose and Throat physician, active member of the Spokane and medical communities, a skier, a skilled pilot, and player on Wall Street.

In the 1990’s, he selected trusted professionals, who together built a foundation to promote education for our Spokane children.  Awards were given to non-profits who could “do the most good with the least amount of money for the greatest number of people”—his core belief.  

Upon his death in 2012 at the age of 101, the Board expanded his legacy to serve all Eastern Washington children.  The Foundation now offers Hagan Opportunities, a grant for those who dream big, are energized by innovative, creative, and bold ideas, and are motivated by the excitement they can create for learning in the minds and lives of all children.