Bart Hagerman

Bart Hagerman

He served in World War II as a member of the 17th Airborne Division and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded twice in combat. He was a master parachutist, making 118 jumps during and after WWII and was a jumpmaster in the United States Special Forces, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in 1984.

Bart was a teacher and coach, author and journalist, editing and writing several books about his experiences in World War II.

He was very active in the Bowling Green Jaycees in its early years, serving as local president and state vice president and was selected as one of three Outstanding Young Men of Kentucky in the late 1950s. He began his career with the Ashland Oil & Refining Co. in Bowling Green in 1959, moving to Louisville and Ashland with his family, where he continued to be very active in the local Chamber of Commerce, his church and sports.

Following retirement from Ashland Inc., he spent several years as Director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, starting the Leadership Bowling Green program. His love and appreciation of Bowling Green and WKU was a big part of his life. Thomas B. Hagerman (Bart) died June 30, 2012. 

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