Old Dominion Mourns The Loss Of Ed Nagourney, Baseball Clinic Co-Founder
Aug. 1, 2005
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion community is sad to announce the passing of Ed Nagourney, co-founder of the annual baseball clinic, on July 30, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ed had a lifelong interest in sports from the time he met Babe Ruth as a youth and even worked in the New York Giants locker room. In high school he was an All New York City football player and was named to the "Little All-American" football team prior to graduating from Moravian College.
Inducted into the Army in 1951, Nagourney served in Korea as a forward observer with the artillery where he received a Bronze Star, Silver Star and Korean Presidential Unit Citation. Having served his country, Nagourney began his retailing career with the Hecht Company in Washington, D.C., then as buyer for Maurice L. Rothschild "State Street" in Chicago and from there to the H.C. Prange Company in Green Bay, Wis. During seven years there, he became a close friend of Vince Lombardi and other Green Bay Packers.
From 1969 to 1973, Nagourney headed a chain of specialty stores in Calfornia and became associated with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's, where he enjoyed knowing such players as Willie McCovey and Jim "Catfish" Hunter. Ed's son Bruce, served as a batboy with Oakland in 1972-74, and was called their "Good Luck Charm," since they won the World Series in those three years.
In 1974, Nagourney came to Hampton Roads to run Rices-Nachman. He was the company president for 10 years and in 1984, took advantage of the company's very liberal early retirement plan. After a short stay with Farm Fresh, which he helped become a public company, he opened Very Virginia Beach, a clothing store he operated for five years before deciding to leave retail for a career change to his boyhood love, baseball.
Ed joined the Norfolk Tides as director of sales and marketing, rebuillding relationships with the business community that had been lost over the years. He next joined the Hampton Roads Mariners soccer team and lobbied Virginia Beach City Council for a new Sportsplex, as well as building a huge list of sponsorships. Ed's last career move brought him to Cuisine & Company founded by his wife, Louise, in 1981. In addition to being the director of marketing, he was the company's "head taster," a job for which he was perfectly suited according to everyone who knew him.
Over the years Nagourney was very active in volunteer work, serving on the Old Dominion University Intercollegiate Foundation and as its president twice, on the Executive Committee Board of Directors of the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts, as board member of the Norfolk State Athletic Foundation, the board of Downtown Norfolk Council, as well as the CBDA Board of Directors. His accommendations include Norfolk Sports Club "Man of the Year," and Bud Methany Award, as well as ones from the Cancer Society, the Heart Association, and the Diabetes Association. While president of Rices-Nachmans, he received salutation from Queen Elizabeth for his "British Affair" salute to the United Kingdom and letters of praise from the countries of Italy for "Bella Italia," Israel for "The Beginning," and from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan for his "Oriental Extravaganza."
Nagourney co-founded ODU's baseball clinic which fully funded baseball scholarships and lead to the building of the Bud Methany baseball complex. He organized and was emcee for Norfolk State University's first three athletic banquets that included such speakers as Joe Gibbs, Dick Vermeil and Muhammad Ali.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; son, Bruce Nagourney and wife Vickie; daughter, Sue Carroll, who shares her father's love of travel and adventure; grandchildren, Ryan and Heather Carroll, Caitlin and Zackary Nagourney, all of Virginia Beach; brother, Donald Nagourney and wife Rita of New York. Nagourney was predeceased by his parents, Abe Nagourney and Isabelle Stiener Nagourney and his first wife, Jean Frise Nagourney.
A memorial service will be held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. The family will receive friends prior to the service at noon at H.D. Oliver. The family will receive friends at his home on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Ed Nagourney Baseball Scholarship Fund ODU, Intercollegiate Foundation, Koch Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529.