The Rev. Henry Jozef Nagorka, 69, the president and pastor of the National Spiritual Science Center, died of a heart ailment May 21 at his home in Washington.

Before becoming president and pastor of the church in 1964, Mr. Nagorka was for two years a music teacher and head of the band program at Central High School in Seat Pleasant.

From 1954 to 1958, he worked for the Voice of America in Europe and from 1958 until moving to Washington in 1962 he was a cultural attache at U.S. embassies in Poland, Turkey and Romania.

A native of Cleveland, Mr. Nagorka served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Juilliard School of Music and a master's degree in music education at Columbia Teachers College.

At the National Spiritual Science Center, he was the publisher of a magazine, "The Psychic Observer." Since 1982, he had carried on his work as president, pastor and publisher on a volunteer basis.

Mr. Nagorka was a member of the Polish-American Arts Association.

Survivors include his wife, the Rev. Diane S. Nagorka of Washington; one son, Andrey Nagorka of Silver Spring; four daughters, Marya Marsteiner of San Diego, Calif., Teresa Tsindos of Sydney, Australia, Stefanie Shang of Montclair, N.J., and Eva Ellsworth of Silver Spring; one brother, Roman Nagorka of Parker, Colo., and seven grandchildren.