John R. Nagel

Age 77 Army veteran and actuary was a fan of the Buffalo Bills.

August 15, 2008|By Euna Lhee | Euna Lhee,Sun Reporter

John Richard "Dick" Nagel, an Army veteran and actuary for 21 years, died of supranuclear palsy Aug. 4 at his Charlottesville, Va., home. The longtime Baltimore resident was 77.

Mr. Nagel was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., where he graduated from high school in 1950. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and actuarial science from Canisius College in 1954.

During the Korean War, he served in the Army in New York and New Jersey. After being discharged, he married the former Peggy White in Connecticut and then moved to Baltimore, where he lived with his family for 40 years. Beginning in 1975, he worked as an actuary at the Maryland Casualty Company and at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn.

After retiring in 1996, he moved to Alpine Lake in Terra Alta, W.Va., and then to The Colonnades in Charlottesville.

Mr. Nagel was a loyal Buffalo Bills fan and an avid gardener and reader. He was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church in North Baltimore, where he sat on the vestry and insurance committees. He also was active in the Original Northwood Neighborhood Association, where he was involved in community service. At Alpine Lake, he served on the Water Board, which manages and distributes the water supply for the area.

At his request, Mr. Nagel's body was donated to science in Virginia. A memorial service was held Monday in Rock Chapel at the Church of Our Savior in Charlottesville. Another service will take place at St. David's at a later date.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years; two daughters, Margaret Gnegy of Vienna, W.Va., and Ruth Chisholm of Charlottesville., Va.; and six grandchildren.

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