Cologne (Oct. 3)
Louis Hagen, German industrial and financial leader, of Jewish origin, died here at the age of seventy-seven following a paralytic stroke.
Mr. Hagen, who was born in the Jewish Faith adopted the Catholic religion, associated himself with the Centre party and was regarded as its wealthiest member.
The son of a Jewish banker of Cologne, Hermann Levy, he was named A. Levy, but adopted the name of Louis Hagen at the same time that he embraced Christianity.
At the time of his death he was still president of the bank of A. Levy, founded by his grandfather.
Mr. Hagen was chairman of twelve companies; vice chairman of seven and a director in forty-five. His widespread association with business organizations, government commissions, welfare institutions, universities and museums brought him numerous honorary offices.
Mr. Hagen was prominently identified with the explosives industries and was responsible also for several mergers in the coal and iron industries. He also formed the big German cable company. During the occupation of the Rheinland, he served as an intermediary in the formation of an economic committee for the occupied territories.