Robert H. Hagler Sr. ’50 died on Feb. 6, 2016. Bob was a beloved coach and teacher who devoted himself to his students in a career that included service at Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s College High School, Amador High School, and Dublin High School. He retired in 1992 as Castro Valley School District’s superintendent of schools.
A member of the great class of 1950, Bob arrived at Saint Mary's from Polytechnic High School in San Francisco. As a football halfback and basketball guard, he laid the foundation for his successful coaching career and also prepared to be a teacher. His first post after graduation was at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, during which time he also earned his master’s degree in education at San Francisco State. Bob came back to Saint Mary’s in 1955 where for five years he served as a coach and educator. Amador Valley/Pleasanton School District hired Bob in 1960 where he served as a teacher, coach, vice principal, and principal. In 1984, he became the superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District.
In retirement, Bob enjoyed traveling with his wife Ann (Covaia), whom he met in high school and married in 1949. He also made many contributions to community life in the Bay Area, as a past president of the Dublin Lions Club, past president of Castro Valley Rotary, a member of the boards of the Salvation Army and YMCA, past president of the Alameda County Industrial Education Commission, member of the board of Invest in America, and vice president of the North Coast Section and state representative of the California Interscholastic Federation. In a rich and productive life, he also made time for some coaching and playing golf.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ann, his children, Susan, Nancy, and Bob Jr., seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his sister, Gloria, and his brother, Bill.
Family and friends celebrated Bob’s life at a special gathering at the Saint Mary’s Chapel on March 6.