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Celebrating Women in Health Care: Beatrice B. Hagen, DC

Logan University is embarking on a new Women in Health Care series where we will share stories of women who have or are shaping the future of health care. Join us as we highlight the achievements of extraordinary women, the challenges they have overcome, and how they have inspired others. The series begins with Beatrice B. Hagen, DC (’40), a pioneer in the field of chiropractic.

An accomplished professional as well as an independent and successful woman, Dr. Hagen is known for breaking two major chiropractic gender barriers. She was the first female president of an accredited chiropractic college and the first female president of the Council on Chiropractic Education from 1986 to 1988.

Dr. Hagen served as Logan University’s fifth president from 1981 to 1992. During that time she modernized the university’s curriculum, expanded its research program, helped those in need to obtain chiropractic care, and established the Montgomery Health Center.

Born in Rome, New York, in 1919, Dr. Hagen graduated from Logan in 1940. She met her husband, Otto Hagen, DC during their time at Logan. They lived in Frankfort, New York, from 1959 to 1980, running a successful chiropractic practice and raising four children. Prior to her presidency at Logan, Dr. Hagen served for eight years on the Logan Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1980, including the last three years as board chair.

Dr. Hagen received numerous professional accolades during her distinguished career, including the Chiropractor of the Year award from both the American Chiropractic Association (1982) and The American Chiropractor (1987). Upon her retirement from Logan in 1992, she returned to New York to be near her children and pursue research and teaching. After a long bout with illness, Dr. Hagen died in April 2005.

We celebrate Dr. Hagen’s groundbreaking achievements, as well as all women in health care around the globe.