Good news: Last summer at our annual Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine meeting in Washington, D.C., we voted to name two new members to our board. They have generously agreed to join: Dr. Ken Hagan and Captain Joel Labow. Dr. Hagan and Captain Labow join me, RADM Frederic Sanford, MC, USN, RET, Captain Thomas Snyder, MC, USN, RET, Dr. Harold Langley, and Captain Lee Mandel, MC, USN, RET on the Foudation board. Let’s all give Dr. Hagan and Captain Labow a warm welcome to our organization. Their bios are below:
Dr. Kenneth J. Hagan has spent 33 of his 45 years of teaching as a professor of history and strategy at the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and the Naval War College. His debut in the field of naval history was in 1973 when he published his dissertation, American Gunboat Diplomacy and the Old Navy, 1877-1889. He has since written and published 7 books, 19 book chapters, 11 articles, and 25 encyclopedia entries on naval and military history as author, co-author, editor, and co-editor. Of particular note is his book This People’s Navy: The Making of American Sea Power (1991), which was regarded by former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, Jr. as “easily the best one-volume history of the Navy yet written.” Currently he is hard at work on a book on U.S. national strategy from 1890 to 1921. Hagan and his works are known internationally; he will be presenting at the Portuguese Naval Academy’s Naval History Conference in Lisbon this fall. He has served as Archivist and Director of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum and remains Professor and Museum Director Emeritus. He has received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, and multiple research grants.
Captain Joel Labow (Capt. Medical Corps, United States Navy, RET) has had a long career in Navy medicine.
Capt. Labow graduated from Columbia College in New York City in 1966 having earned an NROTC scholarship. After a period of line service he earned his doctor of medicine degree from Tufts University in 1975. Following his internship and residency in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven Connecticut he was chief resident and instructor in pediatrics at Yale University school of medicine from 1978 to 1979. Capt. Labow served as staff pediatrician and pediatric critical care consultant at National Naval Medical Center from 1979 to 1982. Therein followed a long career in naval medicine with stations in Bethesda Maryland, Portsmouth Virginia and other sites including aboard the USNS Mercy (T-8H 19). From 1994 to 2001 Capt. Labow served as the director for Medical Corps Professional Programs and principal advisor to the Surgeon General of the Navy for graduate medical education issues. After retiring from the Navy in 2001 after 35 years of service he served in the Department of Pediatrics, National Naval Medical Center until 2014 as a civil-service staff pediatrician. He was promoted to clinical professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and assumed his position as a clinical preceptor for third-year students rotating in the pediatric clinic in 2014.
Capt. Labow is a Fellow of the American College of Pediatrics and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He received many awards and honors during his long naval career including but not limited to: Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Metal; Meritorious Service Metal with Gold star.