Emily Hagan, 79

Crafted leather goods

June 29, 2008|By Chris Emery

Emily Hagan, a Baltimore artisan who crafted leather purses and jewelry, died of sepsis June 21 at Waynesboro Hospital in Waynesboro, Pa. She was 79.

Mrs. Hagan, who was born Emily Haines, was raised in Baltimore and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She married another artist, Paul Hagan, who worked in advertising, and the couple moved to Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., in the mid-1950s. They returned to the Baltimore area a couple of years later and in 1966 built their own house in Pasadena.

"It was a most interesting house, what with two artists building it," said longtime friend Rosalyn Roddy of Owings Mills. "It was very rustic. There was a tree going right through the middle of one of their decks."

Mrs. Hagan worked out of her home and sold her pieces at craft shows in Baltimore and around the Mid-Atlantic region.

"She was a tall woman and worked on these high benches they built in the house," said Roddy. "She was very, very good. She did beautiful leather and beautiful jewelry."

Mrs. Hagan divorced in the mid-1970s and supported herself in part by selling her work. Last year, she moved to Quincy Village, a retirement community in Quincy, Pa.

No public memorial services are planned.

She is survived by a son, Jed Hagan of Suffolk, Va.; a daughter, Kellie Hagan of Fairfield, Pa.; and two grandsons.

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