Nancy M. Wagner, College Alumni Director

July 26, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Nancy M. Wagner, who had been alumni director at several Maryland colleges, died of cancer July 19 at her Rodgers Forge home. She was 80.

Nancy McNaughton, the daughter of an advertising executive and homemaker, was born in Detroit and raised in Bronxville, N.Y.

After graduating from Dobbs Ferry (N.Y.) High School, she attended Goucher College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 in Spanish.

The former longtime Towson resident, who moved to Rodgers Forge two years ago, was alumnae director at Oldfields School in Glencoe from 1966 to 1973.

She was alumnae director at Garrison Forest School from 1976 until 1979, when she became Goucher College's alumni director.

During her tenure at Goucher until 1991, when she retired, Mrs. Wagner doubled the number of participating graduates.

She was retired for a year when what is now Salisbury University hired her as its director of alumni relations, a position she held until retiring in 1997.

She had been vice president of New Directions for Women Inc., now Maryland New Directions Inc.

During summers, Mrs. Wagner worked at the Ocean City Convention Center and the Visitor Information Center.

Mrs. Wagner, who was an avid ballroom dancer, also enjoyed attending Broadway musicals and the movies. She was also a world traveler.

Mrs. Wagner was an active member of Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Baer Wagner III of Hampden and Kenneth Paul Wagner of Greencastle, Pa.; a daughter, Catherine Wagner Pfingsten of Rodgers Forge; a sister, Mary Lynne Budzilo of Seminole, Fla.; and a granddaughter. Her marriage to Robert B. Wagner ended in divorce.

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