KARL H. HAGEN, a self-taught artist and musician, was for nearly four decades foreman of the sign painting department at the Potomac Electric Power Company in the Washington, DC, area. In his spare time, he played saxophone with dance bands.
Mr. Hagen sought treatment for macular degeneration at the Wilmer Eye Institute and later, when he eventually lost his sight, he decided to underwrite research efforts that might help others. With additional outright and planned gifts, and the sale of a 30-acre parcel of land in Suitland that included his family home, he created this professorship and the Henry J. Hagen and Karl H. Hagen Endowment for Research and Treatment of Macular Degeneration, in his and his father's names. Mr. Hagen died in 1999.