Donald W. Hoagland ’48
May 5, 2012
Donald W. Hoagland ’48 was a pioneer in Colorado’s pro bono legal services realm and an influential advocate for health care reform. He passed away on May 5, 2012, at the age of 90.
A New York City native, Hoagland earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1943. After serving in World Word II as a carrier-based combat pilot and graduating from Columbia Law School, he began his legal career in Denver at the firm now known as Davis Graham & Stubbs.
Hoagland, who specialized in domestic and international mergers, wrote extensively on the benefits of pro bono representation. He helped found the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver and the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. The Colorado Bar Association described him as “the pro bono conscience of the bar,” and created the Donald W. Hoagland Award in 1982 to recognize outstanding leaders in pro bono representation.
After retiring from private practice, Hoagland worked for two decades in public health and health care reform advocacy. He served as chairman of the Caring for Colorado Foundation, which provides financial support to public health care organizations in the state, and as the first executive director of the Center for Health Ethics and Policy at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs. He also helped to establish the Colorado School of Public Health, a collaborative effort undertaken by three of the state’s public universities.
Hoagland is survived by his wife, Mary; their children, Peter, Mary, Sara, and Ann; and 10 grandchildren.