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Robert C. “Bud” Hagner, Sr. passed away Jan­uary 11, 2017 on his 90th birth­day. He was born in Dal­las Texas on Jan­uary 11, 1927, to Wil­liam Joseph Hagner, Sr. and Dorothy Stabler Hagner. The fam­ily moved to San An­to­nio when Bud was 1 year old, and then to West Univer­sity/ Hous­ton when he was 5 years old.

Bud grad­u­ated from La­mar High School in 1944. He en­tered Texas A&M in June 1944, the same month that Al­lied Forces stormed the beaches in Nor­mandy. In 1945, Bud tem­po­rar­ily left A&M to en­list in the United States Navy to serve his Coun­try. Af­ter an hon­or­able dis­charge in 1946, he re­turned to Col­lege Sta­tion to con­tinue his ed­u­ca­tion with A&M. He grad­u­ated in Au­gust 1949 with a de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing.

Bud was a man of many suc­cess­ful busi­ness ac­com­plish­ments. His first job af­ter grad­u­a­tion was with Mag­no­lia Petroleum Com­pany in Dal­las, Texas. Three years later, he re­turned to Hous­ton and was em­ployed by Brown Fin­tube, a man­u­fac­turer’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­pany, where he be­gan de­sign­ing and sell­ing heat ex­chang­ers. He left Brown Fin­tube in 1968, and formed his own man­u­fac­turer’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­pany. In 1971, Bud formed Bas-Tex Cor­po­ra­tion, and in 1983, he pur­chased Brown Fin­tube Com­pany. It merged with Bas-Tex, but kept the Brown Fin­tube Com­pany name which was syn­ony­mous with fuel oil heat­ing equip­ment around the world. By 1984, Bud was part of the Ta­per-Lok de­vel­op­ment. He sold Brown Fin­tube to Koch In­dus­tries in 1990, and Ta­per-Lok in 1998. How­ever, Bud never “of­fi­cially” re­tired. He re­mained busy man­ag­ing The Hagner Lim­ited Part­ner­ship, Hill Hagner Cor­po­ra­tion, and Plan B Ven­tures. Re­tir­ing or quit­ting was not in Bud’s vo­cab­u­lary.

With a de­sire to share his suc­cess with oth­ers, Bud pro­vided fi­nan­cial sup­port to Texas A&M pro­grams that in­cluded the Corps of Cadets, Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing, the Memo­rial Stu­dent Cen­ter, Par­son’s Mounted Cav­alry, The 12th Man Foun­da­tion, The For­mer Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and the class of “48” schol­ar­ships. He also funded a Sul Ross Schol­ar­ship and an Earl Rud­der Schol­ar­ship. He was a gen­er­ous donor to the 12th Man Cham­pi­onship Vi­sion cam­paign to help build the Bright Foot­ball Com­plex and the Aca­demic Cen­ter. The Hagner Au­di­to­rium on the first floor of the Com­plex is named in his honor. Bud once said that one of his proud­est civil ac­com­plish­ments and in­volve­ments was be­ing in­volved with the 12th Man Foun­da­tion and Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing.

Bud of­ten shared how proud he was of his fam­ily, and that they were his great­est life­long ac­com­plish­ment. He is pre­de­ceased by his wife, Faye Pow­ers Hagner, par­ents, Joe and Dorothy Hagner; his brother, Bill Hagner; and sons, David Brack and Dan Brack. He is sur­vived by his sis­ter Dorothy Hagner Sat­tler; his lov­ing chil­dren: Dr. Penny Hagner Koepsel (Jim Vogler); Sally Lane; Robert C. “Buddy” Hagner, Jr. (Tr­ish); and Steve Brack (Kelly). He is sur­vived by grand­chil­dren Daniel Koepsel (Ta­mara); Chris Brack (Sarah Kather­ine); Hi­lary Hall (Cody); Sarah Elizabeth Brack; Hunter Brack; Pres­ley Brack. He is sur­vived by great grand­chil­dren: Am­ber Brack, Bryce Coffie, Bray­den Coffie, Natalie Brack, and Zoe Hall.

All ser­vices will be held at Memo­rial Oaks Ceme­tery and Fu­neral Home. Visi­ta­tion will be held on Sun­day, Jan­uary 15th at 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Fu­neral ser­vices will be con­ducted at 10:00 AM on Mon­day, Jan­uary 16th in the chapel, with grave­side ser­vices fol­low­ing im­me­di­ately.

In lieu of cus­tom­ary re­mem­brances, the fam­ily re­quests that, should you de­sire, con­tri­bu­tions in Bud’s name be di­rected to Carl Jaedicke, Texas A&M 12th Man Foun­da­tion at

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