Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer

December 15, 1917December 26, 2012

Dr. Richard H. (Dick) Hagemeyer, founding president and president emeritus of Central Piedmont Community College, died December 26, 2012 at the age of 95 at Plantation Estates in Matthews, NC. He was born on December 15, 1917 in Toledo, OH to the late Frank Hagemeyer and Sophia Louise Harmeyer Hagemeyer.

Dick received his B.S. degree from Bowling Green State University in 1939, his masters degree from the University of Michigan in 1951, and his doctorate in education from Wayne State University in 1961.

Dick served in the Army Air Corps from 1945-1946 in the south Pacific during World War II. He worked for the Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI before moving to Charlotte with wife Janet and children, Dick Jr. and Carol, to be the first president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). From the very beginning, Dick shared his vision for CPCC – a college that would advance the life-long educational development of adults in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. As a result of Dick’s vision and leadership, CPCC has grown from the original campus on Elizabeth Avenue to a flagship community college with six campuses serving Mecklenburg County. Dick created the prototype for the modern community college, and he was a national leader in educational innovation, including individualized instruction. Dick’s legacy will continue to touch the lives of thousands and provide immeasurable value to the community.

Among his many other leadership positions, Dick was on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, president of the Downtown Rotary Club, president of the League for Innovation in the Community College, and president of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

Dick received many awards including the Charlotte News Man of the Year and the Bowling Green State University Distinguished Alumnus Award.

After retirement in 1986, Dick and Jinny left for a three month assignment in Swaziland, Africa, on a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. There, Dick served as a consultant to the President of the Swaziland College of Technology. Upon return to Charlotte, Dick became executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Literacy. Dick and Jinny travelled with the Friendship Force to Thailand, Russia, Brazil, and Indonesia. They also enjoyed cruising and visiting many other countries around the world.

Dick was an avid golfer and a member of Carmel Country Club. He enjoyed fishing, especially with his son and grandchildren. Gardening brought him great joy as he planted and cared for his flowers. He enjoyed woodworking and building furniture, and he could fix almost anything. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Dick was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Stump Hagemeyer and his daughter Carol Hagemeyer Perkins. Dick is survived by his wife of 29 years, Virginia (Jinny) Harris Hagemeyer; son Richard H. Hagemeyer, Jr. and wife Linda; grandson Richard Hagemeyer, III, wife Kim and their children Gabe, Simon and Noah; grandson Eric Hagemeyer, wife Melissa and their children Adison and Riley; son-in-law Bill Perkins and his children Mark Perkins and Sally Wyatt, husband Michael; stepchildren Richard Bates and wife Jennifer, Beth Boyle and husband Jack, Bobby Bates and wife Roxanne; step-grandchildren R.J. Bates, Jenna Shive, Lauren Cole, Brittany Griffin, Cameron Barden, Hailey Bates and Zayn Bates.

A service to celebrate Dick’s life will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, with Rev. Robin P. Coira officiating. The family will receive friends and the celebration will continue in the church’s Heaton Hall following the service. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in a private service.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in honor of Richard Hagemeyer to the CPCC Foundation (designate for Student Scholarships), P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235 or Myers Park Baptist Church (designate for the Through the Week School Scholarship Fund), 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer

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Tom & LaVon Sigmon

March 6, 2013

Dick and Linda, We just learned of Dick's fathers death and wanted to express our sympathy to you. We cherish our memories of getting to know you on the Nile River and seeing you at Myers Park from time to time. We know you were so proud of Dick, Sr. May your thoughts and memories stay with you as you share your faith with others.
Blessings to you,
Tom & LaVon Sigmon

Bonita Hemphill

March 1, 2013

My first full-time job was at Central Piedmont where I provided back up support for the Office of the President. I always admired Dr. Hagemeyer and his work at CPCC. Praying that your memories and God's love will bring you comfort now and in the future.

D'Andre Washington

January 30, 2013

To the family of Mr. Richard Hagemeyer Sr.: I am extremely sorry for your lost. I myself have gone through a death in the family and I can definitely say it is not an easy thing. What gave me comfort though was revalation chapter 22 where it talks about a time when there will be no sickness or death or any pain and we will be able to see our loved ones again. I hope this will be of some comfort to you all during this hard and difficult time.

January 20, 2013

I am very sorry.

January 18, 2013

The loss of a loved one is always devastating, and although I Do not know you I am still sorrowed by your loss. Unfortunately, we are all faced with the loss of a family member or someone we know.

Krista Young

January 9, 2013

My family and I offer our deepest sympathies.

Susan McClave

January 7, 2013

Jinny: John and I have been out of town for the holidays and just returned Sunday to learn of Dick's death. We wanted you to know that we are so sorry to hear of your loss and that we were unable to attend the funeral. Dad does not know of Dick's passing. I am having lunch with him today and will tell him. Love Susan Schatz McClave

Willie Artis

January 3, 2013

Jinny, I share in your pain in the absent of Dr. Hagemeyer. Know that if there is any thing that I can do for you in the future please let me know.

January 2, 2013

Dr. Hagemeyer was a role model to many of us. As a student and as an employee at CPCC, I admired him and always aspired to be a little like him at some point. I am so honored to have spent time with him and I am glad I was able to help in creating the history album for him and the family.
My prayers are with all of you.

Dr. Maha Gingrich

Randy and Cille Richardson, SMHS '65

January 1, 2013

Dick, Our prayers are with you, Linda and your entire family.