Henry Howard Hagedorn

Henry Howard Hagedorn (d. January 12, 2014) was a husband, father, teacher, and scientist internationally recognized for his research on the reproductive physiology of mosquitoes. Born in Milwaukee on April 4, 1940, he lived all over the country and traveled all over the world in pursuit of knowledge.

Henry taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Cornell University, and the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he directed the Center for Insect Science for 5 years. He became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1988 and a Fellow of the American Entomological Society in 2012. Though he formally retired in 2005, retiring was not Henry's way, so he remained an adjunct member of the Department of Entomology at University of Wisconsin-Madison for the remainder of his life. In addition to his many publications, he founded the "Journal of Insect Science," an early and influential online open access journal. Henry made it his mission to seek out and give voice to serious scientists regardless of their means or country of origin, and to make their scholarship freely available to anyone with an interest in advancing knowledge about entomology.

Henry loved teaching all who wanted to learn, including the unsuspecting who only discovered they wanted to learn upon meeting him. His many accomplishments as a teacher included leading the development of Lesson Plans called "Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms" at U. of Arizona, and creating "Views of Life" which became one of the most popular courses for undergraduate non-biology majors that the U. of Arizona offered. He also established the "Butterfly Magic" exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens which has become a yearly attraction.

A constant reader and avid music lover, Henry was active in the First Unitarian Society and its charities (feeding the homeless and organizing a mentoring program), the Madison Symphony Chorus, his book club, and the community in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

He dedicated his life to education, so if you wish to make a contribution in his memory, Henry supported the University of Wisconsin-Madison's "Great People Annual Scholarship Fund": UW Foundation, US Bank Lockbox 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807,

Henry was passionate about social causes. If you wish to make a contribution in his memory, please do so at First Unitarian Society (Fund to help homeless children)  Attn. Becky Schigiel, 900 University Bay Dr., Madison WI 53705,

Or to Doctors without Borders,

Henry is survived by Magdalene, his loving wife and companion of almost 50 years, his daughter Katrina and son Michael, his sisters Colette and Elizabeth, and brother Phillip, his many relatives and close friends, and the thousands of students whose lives he transformed.

Information regarding a memorial service will be forthcoming.

Gunderson West Funeral &Cremation Care
7435 University Ave

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