2013-04-11 / Obituaries

William D. Wagman

McConnellsburg, 80

William Dale Wagman, 80, McConnellsburg, died Friday, April 5, 2013, in McConnellsburg.

He was born July 5, 1932, the only child of Dr. Ida R. Holzberg Wagman and Leon Wagman in New York City.

He attended high school at Friends Seminary in New York. He received his bachelor’s degree from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., where he met his lifelong partner and wife, Althea Margaret Illiff. They married in 1954.

He obtained his Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University in New York. He taught psychology at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y., Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and worked as a civilian psychologist at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. He spent the majority of his professional career at University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Md. There he founded and chaired the psychology department. He helped create the College of Liberal Arts, and developed a master’s degree program in psychology. He also founded the Wagman Applied Psychology Laboratory and served on all the central committees of the university. He was a mentor to countless undergraduate and graduate students in psychology. After his “retirement” he devoted himself to the study of conservation, organic farming and husbandry at his Mater Manoeuvre Farm in Fort Littleton, Pa. There he and his wife raised almost all their own food from extensive organic gardens and raised chicken, pigs and cows. He researched, raised and taught other farmers about the virtues of grass-fed cattle. He used goats to clean his fields, collected rainwater from his roofs to water his gardens and sold electricity back to the power company long before these green initiatives were popular. He was a staunch advocate for protecting the earth from the burning of carbon fossil fuels. He tried to recycle everything. His farm hosted classes for Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and Penn State School of Agriculture.

He is survived by his wife and three children: daughter Althea Susan Wagman-Bolster and her husband, Paul Bolster, of Andover, Mass.; son David Wolfe Wagman and his wife, Denise Saunders Wagman, from Corvallis Ore.; daughter Idalee Wagman DiGregorio and her husband, Anthony DiGregorio Jr., from Baltimore, Md.; and grandchildren: Thomas and Rachel Bolster, Zachary and Justin Wagman, Christopher, Nicholas and Caroline DiGregorio.

A time of remembrance will be held Sunday April 7, at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in McConnellsburg, at 2 p.m., and a memorial celebration of his life will be held Saturday April 13, at University of Baltimore at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture.

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