Paul Hagle, PhD, age 80, passed away at home on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Charlotte, NC after a
heroic battle with complications of end stage renal disease. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-
eight years, Claudette Schroeder Hagle; by his daughter Paula Hagle Harvey (Kenneth) of Charlotte, NC
and son Harlan Oscar Hagle of McKinney, TX; and by grandchildren Alexandra Torres, Andrew Torres,
Robin Hagle, Abigail Hagle, McLean Hagle, Henry Hagle, Robin Bennett, Ryan Harvey, Ross Harvey, 9
great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; and by many other cherished family members.
Dr. Hagle was the son of pioneering Oklahoma families who settled there during the Land Runs of the
late 1800s. He was born October 27, 1932 in Ripley, OK to Oscar Barton Hagle and Edith Eulalia Nugent
as the 4th of 5 children. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his siblings: Harold
Hagle, Carol Hagle Smith, Norma Keys, and M. Glenn Hagle. Paul graduated with a B.A. in Journalism
from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA; served 3.5 years in Special Operations of the
United States Army in classified intelligence work; earned a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies
at The University of Texas in Austin; and received a Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Studies from The
University of Iowa in 1973. Paul taught at Oklahoma State University, The University of Iowa, University
of Central Arkansas, University of Kentucky, Texas Christian University and was a Fulbright scholar in
Brazil in 1964. On April 1, 1981 he began work for the Planning Department of the City of Fort Worth,
Texas as a Land Use and Comprehensive Planner and retired in July 1997 as Chief Planner for Research
and Economic Development.
Dr. Hagle held memberships in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning
Assn., American Economic Assn., National Geographic Society, and Texas Economic and Demographic
Assn. Paul and his wife were ardent travelers and visited all 50 of the United States, most of Europe and
extensively in South America and built life-long relationships with friends and colleagues from all over
the world. He was a communicant of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denton, TX where he lived until
moving to Charlotte, NC in June 2012 to be near his daughter and her family.
A service to celebrate Paul’s life will be held later this year at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denton,
TX. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1200 North Elm Street,
Denton, TX 76201, Denton Public Library, 502 Oakland St., Denton TX, 76201, or to a public library of
the donor’s choice.