Paul R. Hager MONTPELIER — Paul R. Hager, 80, of Freedom Drive, died on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Central Vermont Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 3, 1938, in Waukon, Iowa, the son of Robert and F. Marian (Raisty) Hager. He attended elementary school in Waukon and later graduated as the valedictorian from Waukon High School’s class of 1957. He then attended the University of Iowa, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, 1961. It was there that he was a member of the National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He also graduated with Highest Distinction. He then received his Master’s degree in Psychology from Yale University in 1965. Paul began working for the Vermont Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in 1970. It was there that he worked in the Foster Care Program for the State of Vermont before retiring in 1997. After retirement, Paul found great joy in volunteering at the Barre Town School and the Barre Town Summer School Program. Survivors include his niece, Sarah Crone and husband Leon and their children Connor and Ava, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; niece, Laura Martino and husband Peter and their children Vincent and Angela, of Clinton, New York; nephew, Peter Dohner and wife Beth Ann and their children Logan and Forrest, of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Linda Hager, of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania; and a sister, Jean Hager, of Waterloo, Iowa. He was predeceased by a brother, Roger Hager. Calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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I worked with Paul for many years at DCF. He was a kind, and gentle man. His compassion and dedication to The Best Interests of Children is a legacy that will endure.

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