Judith A. ‘Jude’ Nagel, artist

November 11, 2011

Judith A. “Jude” Nagel, 73, an artist who worked in media such as acrylics, oils, photography, sculpture, welding, collages and, most recently, encaustic, died Oct. 23 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville. She had melanoma.

Her death was confirmed by her daughter’s fiance, Douglas K. Jones.

Mrs. Nagel was represented by IFA Galleries in Washington for 17 years, and her artwork appeared in corporate and private collections. In recent years, her work was displayed at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, the Circle Gallery in Annapolis and the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

Judith Ann Harvey was born in Logansport, Ind., and raised in Washington, where she was a 1957 graduate of Roosevelt High School. She was a 1962 graduate of American University, where she also received a master of fine arts degree in 1968.

She taught art at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring in the 1960s.

Mrs. Nagel trained search and rescue dogs with DOGS-East, a volunteer wilderness search-and-rescue organization. She and her dog Moose traveled to disaster locations, such as the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. She owned and operated a dog-training company in the 1980s and ’90s.

Her memberships included Mensa International.

Her husband, Warren T. Nagel, whom she married in 1964, died in 1994. Survivors include a daughter, Lenore “Niki” Nagel of Annapolis.

— Adam Bernstein

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