A third-generation San Franciscan, Bernard P. Hagan graduated from St. Monica’s Grammar School and later attended St. Ignatius High School, where as a senior in 1945 he helped lead the school’s football team to its first city championship. After a brief tour of duty in Japan with the United States Army, Bernard P. Hagan returned home and earned a degree from the University of San Francisco.
Upon graduating, Mr. Hagan embarked on a career in real estate and, within a few years, launched Hagan Construction and Development, which focused on apartment and condominium construction projects throughout the Bay Area. During his 40 years of running the business, he also served as a board member for the California Building Industry Association as well as a chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. He was awarded Builder of the Year by the National Housing Conference in 1982.
Supplementing his professional endeavors, he was a fervent philanthropist who served 15 years as a board member of Catholic Charities of San Francisco. In 1987, he was appointed to the Patron of the Arts of the Vatican Museum’s board of directors and, the following year, he received communion from Pope John Paul II.