College of Law Community Mourns Loss of Professor Ted Hagelin

Professor Theodore Hagelin, 70, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Syracuse, NY from an aggressive form of cancer. As a longtime and esteemed faculty member and an integral part of the SU College of Law community, we are deeply saddened by his passing. He was the Crandall Melvin Professor of Law; a Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Director, New York State Science and Technology Law Center; and Director, Technology Commercialization Law Program.

A memorial service will be held for Ted at 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 30th, at Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University campus. A reception will follow at the College of Law.

To continue to celebrate Ted’s life and teaching, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Syracuse University College of Law, Suite 425, Syracuse, NY 13244-1030. Donations can also be made online at (Please select "Other" on the drop-down menu of gifts, and input "Ted Hagelin Memorial Scholarship” in the comment box.) These funds will be used to establish a scholarship in Ted’s memory.


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This past year I had the opportunity to work with Professor Hagelin in the Technology Commercialization clinic. I am deeply saddened by his untimely passing, but I will forever cherish and appreciate the time that I was able to spend learning from him and working with him. I will always consider him a great mentor and he will never be far from thought as I continue at Syracuse Law. Professor, you will be missed and thank you for all that you have done for me and the numerous students that have come before me.
Professor Hagelin was the most influential educator I have ever had the privilege of studying under. His passion for learning and for teaching was evident in everything he did, and his dedication to assisting his students went above and beyond anything I have ever seen. He will be greatly missed as a mentor, as a friend, and as a professor.
A great man, mentor and visionary.... he built an educational program that opened up career opportunities we didn't even know existed. Ted will be dearly missed, but always remembered.

Michael R. Bielski, Class of 2005
This past year I had the pleasure to learn from and work with Professor Hagelin in the Technology Commercialization Research Center. I was always struck with how dedicated he was to the Center, and how passionate he was about the field of intellectual property. Professor Hagelin was never too busy to help any of his students, in any way that he could. The SUCOL community has lost one of the good ones. You will be missed, Professor. My thoughts are with your family.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from Professor Hagelin this past year. His dedication to his work and his willingness to help were unmatched by anyone else I've ever known. I've learned so much from him this year and I will never forget all of his help and encouragement. The Technology Transfer program was one of the reasons I chose the College of Law and it has been one of the most helpful and rewarding experiences I've had. That experience certainly would not have been the same without Professor Hagelin's knowledge and dedication and I will forever remember his classes as one of the highlights of my time at Syracuse.
Ted Hagelin was one of the professors who had a great influence on me. I had him for two classes and kept in touch with him after graduation. I will never forget being in his class during the Challenger disaster - he spoke to us about the event, and adjourned class out of respect. A smart man and a class act indeed. He will be missed.
Prof. Hagelin was a first-rate teacher and scholar. I had him for property law as well as Media Law. The latter led to my strong background in 1st amendment law. His classes were thought provoking and stimulating. And personally he was always ready with a smile and exceptional assistance. He will be remembered with great affection. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family.
Why he didn't throw me out of the Law Technology Management class on day 1, I will never know. I was certainly not the stereotypical engineer/techie student... probably the most artistic law student he ever had in that class. I think it was my paper on the technology of STAR TREK where he laughed so hard and then had me present it to the class. A visionary.
I still remember first year property (in 1979) with Professor Hagelin. His intellect was so intimidating that I questioned whether I should re-evaluate my career choice. Somehow I did well in Property, and took another class with him the next year. He was, and even 30 years later still remains, one of the best educators I have ever experienced. He was demanding, yet fair and approachable. The Syracuse College of Law lost a lot with his passing.
I am so saddened by this news. I took a class from Professor Hagelin during his first year at SU. He was an excellent professor and a kind man. My sincere condolences to his family.
Professor Hagelin was a phenomenal mentor to us all. I'm blessed to have known him and grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from him.
I never had Professor Hagelin as a teacher but during my time at SU Law I could see his passion and dedication to his students and the school. Many students have had successful careers combining technology, science and law thanks to Professor Hagelin. This represents a true loss for the SU Law community. My sympathies and prayers are with his family and the SU Law community. Domenic Schiavone Class of 1996
Professor Hagelin, all of us in the SU College of Law community will miss you! Not only were you one of the best instructors I've ever had, but your ceaseless curiosity has inspired me to continually look beyond the surface of things for a glimpse of what the future might hold. Thank you for all you've done for me and all your students.
I had the privilege of working with Ted on technology commercialization when I was CASE Center Director. Ted was a marvelous blend of great competency, cheerfulness, seriousness, integrity, and ease. Everything he did worked well. We are all poorer now that he is gone. I count myself among the fortunate to have known him.
As a former student in the NYSSTLC program at SU College of Law, Prof. Hagelin went above and beyond for his students. He graciously shared his vast network and expertise in fields of IP, business and technology commercialization. I will forever remember the impact he had on my life and career. Thank you.
I credit Prof. Hagelin for pushing me beyond my comfort zone and opening my eyes to an area of law that I never thought I'd be capable of practicing. Life takes funny turns and I'm no longer involved in technology law, but I don't think I would have been able to start my career and get to where I am today without his instruction and encouragement. He will be dearly missed.
Mourning this surprising and terrible loss.
Professors Hagelin and Surratt arrived with our class in the fall of 1977. He taught us not only about seisin and the rule against perpetuities but about community, by commissioning a student-driven study of redlining practices in the Syracuse area. A wonderful, approachable, compassionate teacher, Ted Hagelin quickly became not only mentor, but friend. He will be profoundly missed.
Deepest condolences to his family.
He will be missed. He was a fantastic professor, but more importantly, a fantastic man.
This is very sad news. I was Prof. Hagelin's first research assistant in 1976, when he taught real property in his first year at SU Law. Prof. Hagelin was considerate, built confidence in students, and truly wanted to see students succeed. His approach to making himself available in those early years and his passion for his work have stayed with me and hopefully have carried on in how I've worked with others. Prof. Ted Hagelin's early efforts were influetial to my career. In the past few years, I've wished that our paths had crossed more often. He set a great example.

Frank Ferrante, Class of 1979
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Hagelin last Saturday. He pioneered the school's Joint Degree Program to award a J.D./M.S. in telecommunications (the old "TV/Radio" major) in conjunction with the Newhouse School. I was able to obtain this joint degree following his constant advice and encouragement. He was truly a far-sighted intellectual whom I respected greatly.
Although I had not spoken with him for awhile, I truly considered him my friend. My condolences to his family.
Greg Lusitana, Class of 1983
I only took one course from Professor Hagelin but it was one of the highlights of my four year part-time law school program. I attended as an experienced enngineering professional. We did not much differ much in age and formed a strong bond as we discussed the intersections of technology and law. When graduation approached I sought him out for advice on the transition to a new legal career, His advice was instrumental in focusing my efforts and landing the position I wanted in the location I desired. He never accepted my thanks for the effort and, well after graduation, continued to insist that he had done nothing of note in helping me out. I suspect many others will have similar stories of his selfless efforts and his humility. What a terrible loss for the SU community.
Ted was my faculty adviser during law school. He was more important to me in his encouraging advice about getting through law school and life than what I otherwise learned from him in my real estate finance law class. He knew what it meant to teach.
I am deeply saddened to hear of Professor Hagelin's passing. He was a unique man and a good friend. I had the pleasure of getting to know and learn from Ted as one of the students who traveled with the Professor on his inaugural TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS IN CHINA program. That was back in the Summer of 1995 if memory serves well. For those of us in China that summer, Ted became more than a professor, he became our friend and mentor. He will be deeply missed.
I took Professor Hagelin's Property class as a first year in 1982-83. All my buddies were in Professor Fetters' class. They all got A's, and barely broke a sweat. Professor Hagelin worked us hard, and we all learned the essentials of Property. To this day, I am as proud of the "B" I got in Property as any grade I ever received. The Law School lost a great teacher.
Ted was a Rennaissance man. He began teaching himself the law of IP and technology, and entrepreneurship long before those terms carried today's cache; and he brought us along for the ride. What a great ride it was. He continued to learn and contribute to those fields with his work at the University - ion both classroom and clinic, and in various professional societies, including the Licensing Executives Society. His love of learning was infectious, and his legacy lives on in his own good works, and in the inspiration he provided his many students. Ted, we will miss you.
Ted's greatest asset was his care for his students; academics and his personal accomplishments were secondary.

He was a professor's professor and a lawyers' lawyer.

His contribution to his students, colleagues and friends will never be forgotten.

The study and profession of law needs more Ted Hagelins.
Professor Hagelin was one of my favorite professors in Law School. His class, guidance, and mentorship has helped me throughout the practice of law and into other avenues of life. I am saddened to hear of his passing, and my thoughts are with his family and the SUCOL community.
When Ted won the huge grant that financed the center he created to promote upstate business by offering business planning and intellectual property expertise, he reacted with some chagrine, because he knew he'd created a huge amount of work for himself. But he took this on because he always had a clear vision of how to offer his students an exciting valuable experience and serve the upstate community. I also remember him, in spite of the enormity of his own projects, as someone who took great pride in less senior faculty members' achievements and who went out of his way to encourage others. I'll miss him and many others will too.
He was the inspiration for a new and useful certificate that married a law degree with cutting-edge technology. Perhaps equally as important, he always had time for his students whether in his Law & Technology program or after they moved on. The man not only knew the substance of what he taught, he knew how to teach. He will be greatly missed.
I had the honor and pleasure of learning from Ted and working as his Research Assistant at Syracuse Law School nearly 20 years ago. During that time, and in the time since, it has been apparent to me that Ted’s passion for teaching, research, and scholarship made him a true pioneer in the intersecting areas of law, technology, and economics. Since law school two decades ago, Ted and I have remained close; I’ve served on Ted’s advisory board for the New York State Technology and Law Center, we’ve attended conferences together, had lunches to simply talk about the goings on in our lives, bounced ideas off one another, he’s continuously mentored and advised me over the many years of teaching I’ve done on the adjunct faculty at SUCOL in order to help make me a better teacher, and on and on. Aside from all the great things Ted brought professionally to the law school, first and foremost, Ted was a terrific person with a great personality, infectious laugh, and contagious sense of humor. I am greatly saddened at Ted’s untimely passing, but will carry with me the many lessons I learned from Ted (and will never forget Ted’s laugh!!!). He will live on in my memory and I’m certain the memories of the thousands of students and people he touched throughout his life.
Ted was a great professor, dear friend, and visionary who believed that technology commercialization is best performed by interdisciplinary teams who understand how law, technology, and management issues are inextricably linked together. As a member of the first Technology Commercialization Law Class of 1993 I saw Professor Hagelin begin to realize his dream of assembling the first interdisciplinary program of its kind amongst leading universities. I stand in admiration of this man for what he has done for all of us Syracuse University alumni.
I was fortunate enough to work with Professor Hagelin through the Technology Commercialization Research Clinic. His devotion was evident in the quality of projects willing to work with the students in the clinic and the number of people throughout the community who speak so highly of him. I am grateful to Professor Hagelin for all he has done for the students who have worked with him at Syracuse, he will be missed.
I am incredibly saddened to hear that Professor Ted Hagelin has passed away. Ted was my favorite law school professor, and I consider myself very lucky to have worked with him for two years in the Technology Commercialization Research Center, as a research associate and a teaching assistant. His innovative, interdisciplinary Technology Commercialization program provided Syracuse University graduate and law students with the unique opportunity to collaborate and produce professional-quality commercialization plans for both start-up and established businesses. His interactive approach to teaching gave everyone in the program an opportunity to experience the commercialization process from the ground up; while learning the intricacies of the unique relationship between business, law and technology. Professor Hagelin was an inspiring, approachable, and brilliant man who will be very much missed by the Syracuse community. May he rest in peace.
Shock, pain, sorrow at the loss of a mentor and friend. I, if only part in jest, often refer to myself as "one of Ted's Kids" as shorthand for being a TTRC grad. Ted was one of the first SU law faculty I met, he gave me hope and direction and was one of the greatest influences on my choosing to stay at SU and go to the COL. I will remember fondly my time working with Prof. Hagelin as a student and a specialist TA. I will miss discussing the law and life. And, like so many others on this page, remain a living testimony to his work as a great educator and mentor and friend. My deepest condolences to his family. "And is he dead, whose glorious mind Lifts thine on high? To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die." ~Thomas Campbell
Ted was an incredibly dedicated educator. As others have noted here, he built a program that is truly unique and has opened so many doors for his students. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I'm thankful for having had the opportunity to be one of his students.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Professor Hagelin. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from him. Professor Hagelin was an amazing professor and a great man. My condolences to his family and to all of SUCOL.
I worked with Ted closely while I was a prof at SUNY, Buffalo, from 2003 to 2006. The highlight was working on the NYSTAR grant and putting together a conference on From Lab to Market in 2005. Ted was always inclusive and open as well as a strong visionary about IP education. It was a pleasure to work with him and I will miss him.
I spent the majority of my law school career working with Professor Hagelin, first in the Technology Transfer Research Center (as it was then called), then as his research assistant. I can state definitively that no other professor helped me become the lawyer that I am today. I am grateful for the time that I spent learning from him. I know he will be missed.
Prof. Hagelin was brilliant and passionate in all aspects of intellectual property, once of the most articulate people I've ever had the pleasure to speak and learn from and he was always ready to discuss any subject matter with the students.

He will be missed!
Professor Hagelin was a huge influence on my life during the time I was a law student. I wouldn’t have the career that I have now without Professor Hagelin and his clinic. He was a professor who cared deeply about his students, was passionate about giving his students practical, hands on experience, and was a role model for many of us – he was brilliant yet humble, effective, funny, and altogether a decent human being who loved a good bottle of Johnny Walker blue label. We were not just a face in his class. He knew all of us by name. The dinner he hosted for his TAs was a memorable one filled with laughter, affection, and respect for Professor Hagelin and his work. I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear that he passed away. Syracuse University College of Law lost a great faculty member and future students there lost a wonderful opportunity to work with a great and dedicated professor. Rest in peace Professor Hagelin and thank you.
We lost a wonderful professor... someone who was challenging and spurred us on to be our best. He could have had a lucrative law practice, but chose instead to teach. It was an honor knowing him and working as his GA. To Ronnie and the kids, my sincere condolences.
I am deeply saddened to hear of Ted's passing. He was a very special professor and person, and I was so fortunate to have known him and learned from him. I was a student and then a Teaching Assistant in his Law, Technology and Management program, and both had a lasting impact on me personally and on my career as a patent attorney. He will be greatly missed, but will live on in the memories of all the lives that he has touched and guided.
I owe Ted so much. Eighteen years ago, he was the person who (re-)connected me with the College of Law, by suggesting to the faculty that they consider hiring a full-time patent law professor, and by advocating for me as a candidate. I would never have found my way into law teaching without him, and it’s not possible to describe what this career has meant for me and for my daughters.

Ted NEVER stopped innovating, even when it meant more and more work for him. He was a relentless, unselfish champion for me and for all those who worked with him. I only wish I could be the person Ted claimed that I am. And the tributes on this page from generations of former students speak volumes.

With Ted’s passing, this University and the College of Law community, including Ted’s past, current, and would-be future students, have lost so much. Ted was my great friend. I cannot believe he is gone. I cannot believe we are having this conversation. But I know that our loss, as great as it is, is not so great as his well-earned reward.
Ted Hagelin was a thoughtful, wonderful professor. I had him for a couple of classes, including a seminar in regulatory law which pre-dated (and anticipated) the AT&T breakup. He taught the class with Professor Bill Banks and Judge Rosemary Pooler, and it was one of, if not the best course I talked. He made you think and question yourself until you had examined the issues from all sides. He will be sorely missed. Class of 1985.
I met Ted soon after I joined SU in 2001. I became ardent supporter of his technology law program, the first law program in the country to train students to practice in the field of technology commercialization to realize economic value of invention. Before it was chic to do interdisciplinary team work, Ted brought interdisciplinary team in early 1980’s to address technology, business, and law together. Before the Scholarship in Action, he and his team engaged real world problems from corporation, government and university labs and provided technology commercialization roadmap reports. Ted was fiercely adamant not to charge any fee for these highly valuable reports to keep objectivity of the study. He taught and practiced a highest ethical standard.

I recall asking Ted to pursue the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYS-STLC) which was at University at Albany in 2003. We took an overnight road trip visiting RIT, University of Rochester, University at Buffalo, and University of Alfred to listen and learn what they would like a NYS-STLC to provide as well as educating them of the SU Technology Commercialization Program. We drove through a lake effect snow storm from Buffalo to Alfred arriving after midnight. Throughout our visit, Ted’s voice was in and out but always charged when he made his points. This trip solidified the STLC proposal and rest is history. He has successfully competed for the NYS-STLC three consecutive cycles now. Ted used to say that I took him on a train ride and wouldn’t let him get off but real story is that I got on his train and never got off.

Ted generously shared as well as taught others to adopt/adapt the program. Ted’s legacy continues.
I will miss him dearly.
I was saddened to read of Prof. Hagelin's passing. I had the privilege of interviewing him for an article, "The Law, Technology & Management Program" in the Winter 1992 edition of The Syndicus. He was a founder of the program (which was ahead of its time) and will be greatly missed in an era where issues of law and technology increasingly overlap.
Professor Hagelin was indeed a visionary on the interdisciplinary practice of law, techology and management before other institutions caught on. His course materials prepare law students well in entering intellectual property practice. He is also incredibly intuitive in knowing how to motiviate students and address their concerns effectively. He will be missed.
I am very sorry to hear of Professor Hagelin's passing. He was a generous and committed teacher and mentor to me and so many others. My condolences to his family and to SUCOL.
I am very saddened by Professor Hagelin’s passing. He was an incredible teacher and a wonderful human being. I will very much miss him.
My deepest sympathies to Ronnie, his family and the SU Community. I am shocked and saddened by the news. It seems like just yesterday that he stood before me in classes (Class of'85)as a young, brilliant professor. He was a rich contribution to the College of Law.

In heartfelt sympathy,
Dorina Armani
Ted was a wonderful person and a true gentleman. We will miss his energy and thoughtful engagement very much.
Ted was an early mentor for me. When I started my company, TextWise, in the early 90s, Ted accepted us as a class project for his Law School course which provided real world, expert technology commercialization and intellectual property advice & guidance. His expertise, as well as his ability to lead his eager students, played a major role in the company learning to do that which led to its long-term success.

Ted will be sorely missed both professionally and personally by those who were fortunate to be his colleagues, students, and friends.

After working as a software engineer for several years, I entered Syracuse College of Law with the hope and aspiration of becoming a patent attorney. Professor Hagelin's Law, Technology, and Management Program nurtured and expanded my view on the practice and economic impact of intellectual property law. He was a great person and mentor.

Brigitte Jeffery Echols, Class of '93
I have been so incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know and to work for Professor Hagelin. I didn't have much interest in technology commercialization before I interviewed for my position. I honestly hadn't even really heard the phrase before, but I left that interview with a deep desire to be involved in this program, convinced that important and exciting things were going on. That was part of Ted's magic, not only did he have a vision, he had the ability to convey it in such a way that others became passionate about it as well. He was this amazing combination of brilliance and innovation but with a realist mindset.

He was exactly the kind of person you want to work with and for and around. He was thoughtful, discussing things with him always led to new insights. He was also incredibly kind and supportive. He constantly made it clear that he trusted and valued others’ abilities and judgment. I remember sitting through my first debriefing and being blown away by the law students’ presentation and their ability to more than hold their own with the clients, people very invested in the technology. When I told him how impressed I was it was obvious how fiercely proud he was of his students but he attributed it all to how bright and motivated they were. We have lost such a truly special person, both in intellect and ability, but even more so in character. As he used to say about others, Ted was truly the real deal.
The Technology Commercialization program was far and away my favorite part of my academic career at Syracuse. I was privileged to learn about the course work just prior to starting my 2L year, and I will forever be grateful for that. I continue to use skills I learned in the program. Prof. Hagelin truly cared that we learn for the course, provide great service to the clients, and be ambassadors of the talent available in Central New York. 4 years after graduation, I realize now more than ever what a unique opportunity Prof. Hagelin provided his students, and I am saddened that Syracuse has lost such a caring teacher.
In the few conversations I was privileged to share with Ted, he always was kind, thoughtful, and genuinely interested in others' work and perspectives. Students who worked with the professor on occasion have shared with me that they found his mentorship extraordinarily valuable to their professional growth. The community has lost a great friend, and is better for having Ted among us.
Ted was a true pioneer of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship education. The programs accross the country owe their start to Ted's technology commercialization clinic. He was a pioneer! We will miss him. His legacy lives on in the hundreds of students that are an active part of commercializing innovation.
Without a doubt, one of my favorites among the faculty during my stay at the College of Law. Professor Hagelin taught Property for us first years, and made it highly interesting. He served as a faculty advisor to our fledgling chapter of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies (out of the proper respect for a free exchange of ideas). My condolences to his family and to the SU Law community.
I am so saddened to learn about Professor Hagelin's passing. He was such a class act, such a professional, and was so passionate about his work. I have fond memories of the great work we produced in the Tech Transfer Research Center and how well he taught and brought us together. The TTRC provided such a great foundation for my law school years and I will miss Professor Hagelin so very much.
I graduated SUCOL May 1988. Professor Hagelin was, by far, my favorite prof while I was there. I was President of the Communication Law Society and he was the faculty advisor, so I got to work closely with him and I remember a wonderful dinner party that he and his wife hosted for us. He was a great, smart man who died way too young. RIP, Professor Hagelin
I add my condolences to the College of Law community and to Professor Hagelin's family, not as a former student or as a colleague, but as one who saw his effects in my own friends at the College of Law. His work with them made them better lawyers, but also, and in my view more importantly, better human beings. His presence will be missed.
It was First Year; Beginning of Second Semester. Property had been First Exam at end of First Semester. They were the First Grades that got posted in the box on the wall in the hall. Hagelin's class was the first class thereafter. He came in. Stood in front of the class. Said he knew grades had been posted. Said he knew some people may be happy; some may be upset; some may be in-between. He said he didn't mean to minimize them, but that law school grades had a tendency to get overblown; overemphasized. He said they were relevant at one level. Then he said something that has stuck with me for 30 years. He said: "But I assure you, the person you sit next to on a plane someday will have far more to do with your life or career than any law school grade." It's a story and a quote I have retold many times in the context of other supposedly all-important events.
Professor Hagelin will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by the College of Law community. He was dedicated to students and admired by colleagues. I send my condolences to his family.
This is a great loss to the SUCOL community. I spent two wonderful years working with Professor Hagelin during law school, and he was a true visionary with a unique and innovative program, and he gave his students a wonderful background in technology commercialization law. He will be sadly missed.
I am shocked and saddened to learn about his passing. I had the opportunity to be one of his students and research assistants, a great enlightening experience. Professor Hagelin was a caring individual, passionate about his teaching and research, as well as an approachable and effective professor. I attended Syracuse University mainly because of the Tech Transfer program and because of his leadership in this important program. I have many fond memories of hard work, in group and by ourselves, discussions, as well as fun complementary activities. May Professor Hagelin rest in peace. He will be missed.
Professor Hagelin was a mentor, inspiration, and beloved teacher. Words could never express what he meant to me and the others who had the honor of knowing him, nor the sadness of having lost him. My deepest condolences to Professor Hagelin's loved ones. His character and work will continue inspire the generations to come, and the memory of this incredible human being will forever be in my heart.
Ronnie and kids, I am so sorry for your loss.

Ted, I can't believe you have left us so soon. You were a true mentor, a great advisor, a dedicated and caring teacher, a wise scholar, and a good friend. I am saddened that I never thanked you properly for all you have done for me, but I hope that you somehow know how much it all meant. Godspeed.
I am terribly saddened by the sudden loss of a mentor and friend. Ted Hagelin recruited me to SUCL to join the Class of 1993, and become part of the first class to graduate in the Law Technology & Management program. He convinced all of us to take on an "extra discussion" during first year (I guess we were too naive to understand what he was convincing us to do!). Our collaborative work as a group helped him produce the reader that he used in subsequent LTM classes. I took several more classes with Ted, including the very first LTM classes. Over the years, we became friends and confidantes, sharing life's joys and disappointments. He left a lasting mark on me, and I will never forget him.

To Ted's family, I am very sorry for your loss. He is a great guy --- i know he was proud of you, and I"m certain you are proud of him.
I had the honor of working with Professor Hagelin more than 20 years ago. besides being a great guy, I loved that he was a student's professor. He cared more about his students and had passion for their learning and projects much more so than he had in building his own ego and resume. I most appreciated his approach to law. He taught me that law was more than law. Law was business and business was law. I take his lessons and apply them every day in my own career! RIP Ted. You will be missed.
I am incredibly sadden to hear of Professor Hagelin's untimely death. I had the pleasure of working under him during my last two years. Those experiences will always be my fondest memories at Syracuse as part of the Technology Commercialization Law Program. I will never forgot his kindness and dedication to his students.
I am deeply saddened by the death of Ted Hagelin. He was a mentor, a coach, a co-conspirator, and a good friend with a common passion for technology commercialization. I met him in the mid 90's through my SBIR Specialist role with the CNY Technology Development Organization, a NYSTAR funded Center. We collaborated on an SBIR unit for his class, years before 2004 when he was successful in his effort with NYSTAR to bring the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (“NYS STLC”) designation to the Syracuse University College of Law.

Ted was the most steady, dependable, insightful, dedicated and focused man I have ever met. Beyond a trusted advisor through my career meanderings, his work assisted many of TDO's client companies to make critical business decisions through his Technology Commercialization Law Program. Ted was a gentle man as well as "a gentleman and a scholar," respected by everyone who met him. He left us with a tremendous legacy in his work.

Condolences to his family. We will all miss him.
I lost a great friend; we lost a great teacher. I will always remember his friendship, his willingness to assist; his fine scholarship. I will also fondly remember his not so great poker playing.
A true loss to the Syracuse University community. Ted was an excellent professor, mentor, and friend. He will be missed.
Talking to Ted was always intellectually stimulating. In my experience he was always open and accessible regardless of who you were or what your position in life was. It was Ted who helped me understand how legal training touched almost all disciplines. My prayers and condolences to his family on their loss.
When I reflect on my interactions with Professor Hagelin, he represented the very best qualities of our law school. Every time I interacted with him on a project, I always learned something new. He will be missed in our community.
Three years ago, Ted welcomed me to the SUCOL faculty with characteristic graciousness and warmth. He treated junior faculty with the utmost kindness, respect, and generosity of spirit. His dedication as a scholar and a teacher were manifest in all he did. Ted will be sorely missed.
Ted was a great colleague. I enjoyed "talking law" with him, and I was honored that he asked me to review the tax chapter of his Casebook (it didn't need a single change!). I will miss him.
Ted was one of the pioneers of teaching and research in law and tech entrepreneurship/commercialization. I was fortunate to participate in a NYSTAR workshop he ran a number of years ago when I was a junior professor. He gave me hope that there really was an emerging field within the legal academy for this kind of work. My thoughts go out to his family and the SU Law community.
We have lost a great teacher and colleague in Ted. Ted was a visionary. He was the most innovative university teacher I have encountered in thirty-eight years of university life. Ted began his career as real estate lawyer. He taught Property and other real estate classes, BUT he was offering Space Law more than 30 years ago! I recall he became fascinated with technology and law when he built a database for smart/green buildings (years before LEEDS). His tech transfer ideas broke on the scene decades before other law schools and business schools tested the waters. Ted established a law and tech transfer bridgehead in Hong Kong and ran the summer program there. Ted was always ahead of many curves. Yet he made his ideas and can-do spirit accessible to his students and colleagues. He was a gifted teacher; he was a great mind; he was a terrific colleague and friend. We are a much better place because of Ted. The College has suffered a great loss.
Both as student and an administrator, I watched how Ted mentored my friends/his students through his intellect, his confidence in their abilities and his support. When I returned to the College, Ted was kind enough to supply me with all of those same things. I am deeply grateful for his support and confidence in my abilities. His loss is felt throughout the College of Law community - and to honor him, we will continue our commitment to the College of Law and the wonderful legacy Ted has placed in our care. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
It has been my good fortune to work with Ted. He was so smart and accomplished yet very approachable, considerate and humble. He always prioritized his students, and his commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship was inspiring. His pride in his family, and the accomplishments of his students was endearing. He inspired best performance by always giving it.
I will miss things he liked to say: “he’s (or she’s) the real deal”, “the students amaze me with what they produce”, “it is, it is…,” “let’s be sure and have something for them ….,” “Hi Bear…” “we have three great projects this semester…. ,“ “A former student of mine called/wrote who….(insert a huge variety of accomplishments and interesting careers)…” I will wrap ____ up this week and then next week…”, “Excellent, excellent”.
Ted accomplished so much and yet never talked about his own accomplishments. He was always busy working on the next cool thing. I am awed that his article “Valuation of Patent Licenses” was cited by the CAFC in rejecting the 25% rule (Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Microsoft), that he published a casebook – dedicated to Ronnie –Technology Innovation Law and Practice Cases and Materials, and authored numerous scholarly articles. That he has two patents on a method to value intellectual property (CavTech), that he was known and respected by people all over the country for his work. That he went to Wharton and Temple and Harvard. That he founded the Technology Commercialization Research Center, one of the first law school technology commercialization clinical programs ever.
His quiet leadership, his forward thinking, his integrity and his commitment to excellence, as well as his openness to the talents of people were very inspiring to me as well as the students and innovators associated with the program. I will certainly miss him very much, and am glad his life’s work lives on with so many students and innovators. I wish there was more than condolences to offer his wonderful family, but I certainly do offer them from the bottom of my heart.
Professor Hagelin was a visionary and an incredible asset to the College of Law, the community, and the fields of intellectual property and technology commercialization. I first met Ted as a student in his technology commercialization program, one of the most important learning experiences in my law school education. Following graduation I was lucky enough to stay in central New York, and lucky enough to continue to interact with – and learn from – Ted. I will miss him, and will always regret that I only knew him for a few years.
I am very sorry to learn this news. I recall Prof. Hagelin as a thoughtful and caring teacher, challenging but fair -- as one would hope for from all law professors. Thoughts and prayers for his family and the SU Law community.
Ted has been a wonderful colleague and partner for our efforts in research, intellectual property, and economic development over many years. He was the principal architect of the SU intellectual property policy. He was always a cooperative colleague, accommodating, friendly, generous, and unfailingly courteous. I admired him and I shall miss him.
Ted was a great source of energy at the College; always creative and always deeply engaged in developing new ideas and projects. He took great care and pride in his scholarly work and in his educating of students. His excitement for the law related to technology, intellectual property and business was evident in all he did. Ted was also a committed member of the faculty who worked hard to advance the interest of the school in a variety of ways. Always ready to share a conversation, always willing to help out, always a friend. God bless you, Ted.
Ted was a wonderful teacher and a very good man. He was a true asset to the SU College of Law. He will be greatly missed.
I took Professor Hagelin's Computer Law class in 1990, which at that time was an interdisciplinary overview of the legal and regulatory issues facing the nascent (pre-Internet) tech industry. He was a great teacher and he sparked my interest in the area. Now I lead my law firm's Telecom Media and Technology (TMT) practice group and regularly advise tech firms on many of the same legal and regulatory issues that Professor Hagelin first brought to my attention over 20 years ago. He was an excellent teacher and a kind, sincere man who will be greatly missed.
Technology Transfer was my favorite topic of study in law school. I enjoyed Prof. Hagelin's classes thoroughly and respected him very much. I credit his passion for learning about new technology as part of the motivation for my career path into entrepreneurial and technology ventures. He will be missed.
Professor Hagelin was truly a great professor and leader. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be his student. He will be deeply missed.
Prof. Hagelin had a profound influence on me. I was a member of his first LTM class, and I served as one of his first teaching assistants in that program. Prof. Hagelin had a vision of combining some very smart and talented people from various disciplines to attack difficult technology commercialization problems. In those early days, we knew we were in on the ground floor of something great, and time has proven that indeed we were. Prof. Hagelin was a great teacher, lawyer and mentor. I relied upon his advice and support throughout my career. I will sorely miss him.
A great and inspirational professor and mentor. I was privileged to be in Prof. Haegln's Computer Law class; and grateful for the knowledge when, immediately out of law school, I was thrust into a technology related case. When I called upon Prof. Haeglin for guidance, he graciously and methodically walked me through the complex, real-life issues. I never forgot that. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and SU family during this difficult time.
Prof. Hagelin was one-of-a-kind in my academic and professional career, and life in general. For 20 years I have quoted his great advice to me before and during law school, all of which guided me then, and guide me to this day. I was shocked when I received this news, but do remember and cherish our times together. Great intellect, and great smile well remembered.
Ted was the most influential mentor I had in my three years at the College of Law. I enjoyed helping him in all of his endaeavors, and in the process learning the keys to great scholarship, and perhaps even more important, the power of being a wonderful and honorable human being in the practice of law and life. I only hope I can finish some of the projects we worked in the last two years together. It was truly an honor to work for and learn from Ted. I feel so lucky to have known him. He will be sorely missed but will live on in the Program and the generations of students he mentored. God bless you Ted and family. I owe you so much - that textbook will be near my desk for years to come.
Ted was a creative, hard working colleague, dedicated to his students. He left us far too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed.
“O Captain! My Captain!”

His was the most powerful kind of instruction. Professor Hagelin led by example. Ted’s intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm were contagious. He challenged his students, as he challenged himself. He did not simply demand our best work; he inspired it. He listened, he encouraged, he mentored, he advised. Above all, Ted believed in us. And I cannot thank him enough. My deepest condolences go out to Ted’s family, and the countless others whose hearts and lives he touched.
Ted was a kind, honest, accomplished man and we will all miss him.
I knew Prof. Hagelin's in the late 1970s and remember his excitement as he talked about the newest thing in telecommunications: fiber optic cable! He had that unique ability to teach about the past (caselaw) but, at the same time, keep an eye on the future. It was a true gift, and he shared it with others.
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a great human being. I feel honored and thankful to have had him as my Professor. Dedicated to his students, he was generous to a fault with his time, advice, knowledge, experience, and vision. My deepest condolences to Professor Hagelin's loved ones. He made a positive difference in this world and will be missed. May he rest in peace.
My condolences to Ronnie and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ted Hagelin is the reason for my long career in technology. Professor, mentor, editor, thesis advisor, confidant, and friend - from law and graduate school to beyond. These descriptors, however, only begin to explain why he is so beloved. Ted Hagelin gave meaning to our careers. He inspired us to believe we could have jobs, actually get paid, channeling technology into society, and made sure we had the knowledge and skills to pull it off. In the years that followed, he was always there to provide support and guidance. I am grateful he was in my life.
As I enter Law School next Fall, there will be no single person to thank more than Professor Hagelin. He was a giving and patient teacher and mentor, who truly cared about each of his students. Professor Hagelin is the reason I will pursue patent law and his memory will live on through my work and the work of each and every one of his students. Professor Hagelin will be missed.
I thoroughly enjoyed Property Law and Media Law with Professor Hagelin. Moreover, I have such a fond memory of his genuine and unbridled enthusiasm. His expression of joy at David's and my happiness brings a smile to both of us whenever we think of it. A great teacher, and generous personality. Our sympathies at Syracuse's loss." Connor Jane O'Brien (Class of '86) and David Mayer (Class of 1984).
I met Professor Hagelin during my first visit to the College of Law to discuss the Technology Commercialization Law Program. His dedication to the Program and to his students was evident to me from that first meeting. I will miss him and will always be grateful to have had him as a professor and mentor.
Indeed, Ted was a bright, creative, masterful teacher. I took an administrative law class with Ted in 1984 which provided one of my only law school opportunities for substantive research and analysis. The course was a highlight of my three years. But, above all, Ted was compassionate and kind. My condolences to all who were touched by him.
There are no good words or turns of phrase. The words of his students and so many others make the void he left us unavoidably obvious. A man who pioneered law to a new vista, who made his vision a passion and who shared that passion with every student, colleague, and others who had interest, without selfishness. The ideas were constantly being developed, tested and implemented.

In my job, i got to know him as the visionary who created a constantly advancing template for technology commercialization, who partnered across disciplines, across institutions, and across boundaries. He cared about students and wanted to have a diverse program in every way. He knew he was right.

I don't know how to think about a world without him.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Professor Hagelin's passing. He was an amazing professor and I was fortunate to have the chance to learn under a wise and experienced educator. He had such a passion for technology commercialization and his enthusiasm helped guide many of his students into life-long careers in technology transfer law. Ted certainly made a impression in my life and I am grateful I had the opportunity to learn from him; he was certainly one of the best. May he rest in peace.

I was deeply saddened to hear of Professor Hagelin's passing. His passion for innovation and enthusiasm for teaching left a permanent impression on every person fortunate enough to have worked with him. Professor Hagelin taught so much more than law and technology commercialization. He taught persistence, perseverance, and determination. He taught his teams to approach each task with patience, and to respond with seemingly impossible hurdles with resilience and creativity. Through working with him I learned more than just business principles and legal skills, I learned how to be a leader, a team player, a lawyer, and most importantly, a mentor and friend. His presence in the law school and in life will be greatly missed, but I know his legacy will live on in the many lives he has touched and guided. To know him was to learn from him, and to learn from him was to be a better person.
I had the pleasure of working with Professor Hagelin's Technology Commercialization Program this year and was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. As a teacher and mentor, Professor Hagelin's enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion made working with him one of the highlights of my law school career. I could always count on him to have a fresh and insightful perspective on current events, and the time we spent exchanging our ideas and views on technology is something that I will always treasure.
I just reviewed this morning's email and was shocked and saddened by the death of Prof. Hagelin.

In 1987, we 1st years did not take a standard legal writing course, but a novel hybrid called "Law Firm".

I was lucky enough to have Prof. Hagelin as our guide in this course. I say "guide" because I knew nothing about the intricacies of a law firm .I just knew that I wanted to represent children.

Prof. Hagelin was so kind and knowledgeable and helped me learn with my goal in mind.

He even introduced me to his wife, Ronnie Lawrence, Esq., who was a family law practitioner. I so appreciated that.

I also studied patents snd copyright law and computer law with Prof. Hagelin-he had the gift of making even courses foreign to my specialty fun and interesting.

When in later years I was in the law school for a competition I was judging or to speak in a family law class, I would seek out Prof. Hagelin...and he always remembered me. Wow, how nice of him.

Now, it is my turn. To the family and colleagues of Ted Hagelin, I will always and forever remember him.

Karen Docter

I knew that the Technology Commercialization Law Program was the perfect program and certificate for me to pursue here at SUCoL after speaking with Ted three years ago. He greeted me with enthusiasm and such excitement regarding the opportunities present in the program. It was evident that he had dedicated significant time and energy into the development of the program, and it surely did not disappoint.

I had the pleasure of working closely with Ted for two years as one of his research associates, and my experience here at SUCoL would not have been the same without him. I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to learn from Ted and I thank him for his guidance and mentoring. Ted will surely be missed.
Professor Hagelin was an outstanding teacher, and a good guy. I was privileged to take many of his classes, and often thought of him over the years. He challenged students to do their best, but he always brought a subtle sense of humor to the classroom.
I was saddened when informed of Professor Hagelin's passing. He was a visionary with the technology transfer courses, small business incubator & NYSEG business development opportunities he developed to open areas of opportunity to students. He will be sorely missed by the SU law community and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Professor Hagelin.
My closing thought is that I hope you and your family know how highly regarded you were and how many lives you touched and positively affected over the years, we all wish you well and may you rest in peace.
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Ted’s passing through a collegial friend. I worked with Ted to provide a patent application to his class which evaluated the invention and assess the patentability relative to existing technology . During final oral presentations it was clear that the students learned well from Professor Hagelin to be thorough and critical in their analysis. Ted will be missed as an educator, friend and colleague to our Syracuse University Community and beyond.
Ted was a Class Act in everything he did. The comments written by his students and everyone will bring some comfort to Ronnie and family. It is so hard to lose a favorite like Ted and I agree he will be so missed.
I had the pleasure of taking Professor Hagelin’s communications law course at the University of Cincinnati's College of Law in 1974 and then serving as his student research assistant during my third year at UC. As others have described their interactions with him, he was singularly responsible for inspiring me to embark on a career in communications law in Washington and in helping me to develop the necessary skills to do so. He was a remarkable man, and I will be forever grateful for his kindness, insight and generosity. I extend my sincere appreciation and condolences to his family and to the Syracuse University College of Law community for their loss. We were all made richer for having known Ted Hagelin.
I'm not sure I truly appreciated Ted when I took Property with him in 1980. I had wanted to be an IP lawyer before most people had understood what that meant. Ted did understand and more to the point he understood early on what I suspect many of us have come to understand much later that IP and technology development is squarely in the intersection of law and business. I got to know and appreciate Ted's insights only after my career took me well down that path. I had the good fortune to come back to SU at Ted's invitation to talk about my experiences in the hopes of enabling others to pursue similar careers.

You made your mark Ted . . . well done.
My wife Brigitte and I were depply saddened by the death of Prof. Hagelin. I admired his ability to transcend strictly legal issues and to go on to the interaction of legal, technological and business considerations. I remember the stimulating conversation we had on that topic one afternoon when we had both misread the announcement of a dinner to honor a visiting scholar, and so had about one hour to discuss, in a very free-flowing manner the issues due to the interaction of legal, business and technological considerations. My wife and I, and I should add, our two children, do also have very fond memories of dinners we had at Ted's house. The food was always very good, and the conversation always stimulating, not only for the adults but also for the children. They were particularly impressed on one occasion, when Ted's children had a very lively and tame goat as a pet, that was quite willing to join the party. It was such a lovely evening for all of us. We will all miss Ted a great deal and express our deepest sympathy to his family.
Peter Herzog and Brigitte