Aug. 11, 1928 – Jan. 21, 2015
Dr. Richard J. Nagel of Orchard Park, an anesthesiologist who worked at local hospitals and taught at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, died Wednesday, at Fox Run Skilled Nursing in Orchard Park after a long illness. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated as valedictorian at Buffalo Technical High School in 1946, where he was awarded the Jesse Ketchum Gold Medal, and the Rensselaer Alumni Associates Medal for excellence in math and science. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Buffalo, graduating summa cum laude in 1949. He received his medical degree from the University of Buffalo medical school in 1953.
He served as a lieutenant colonel in the New York National Guard and United States Army Reserve.
Dr. Nagel joined the faculty at the UB medical school in 1955 and was a clinical professor emeritus until his retirement in 1995. He taught courses in anesthesiology to junior and senior medical students for 25 years, as well as a course in pharmacology.
He was a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology. He was on the staff at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, where he was chairman of the department of anesthesiology and president of the medical staff, and on the staff at Mercy Hospital, where he was chairman of the department of anesthesiology until his retirement.
Dr. Nagel was a member of District 7 of the New York Society of Anesthesiologists, where he served as president, and a member of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, and Erie County Medical Society.
He served as chairman of the education committee of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists as well as chairman of the group’s speakers bureau. He served as a lecturer at the D’Youville College of Nursing and a volunteer lecturer on cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the Emergency Medical Technicians Program.
Dr. Nagel created the Richard J. Nagel M.D. Anesthesiology Research Fund, a permanent endowment fund within the University at Buffalo Foundation, to encourage research in anesthesia by students, residents and junior faculty.
An active tennis player and golfer, he served as treasurer and board member at Hickory Hill Tennis and Swim Club, and was founder and president at the South Towns Tennis Center for 30 years.
He enjoyed boating, cross country skiing, hiking, gardening, birdwatching and fishing. He traveled extensively with his wife, visiting many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and throughout the United States.
His wife of 54 years, the former Florence T. Gowgiel, died in October 2007.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Nichols; three sons, Richard Jr., David and Gregory; a brother, Robert; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park, following prayers at 9:15 a.m. at F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 East Quaker St., Orchard Park.