Gerard Nagel
1948 - 2012
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Gerard (Jerry) Nagel The Maritime Industry has lost one of its most respected, passionate and outstanding colleagues. Gerard (Jerry) Nagel passed away on December 19th, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was 64 years old. Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc, where Jerry served as President and CEO from 2004 to 2011, and Chairman of the Board until mid 2012, released a statement about his passing: "With Jerry Nagel we are losing a truly outstanding colleague and friend. Jerry to a large part formed the image of our company in the United States". Coming up through the ranks Jerry left his mark every step of the way. He had many achievements throughout his impactful carreer. In 2011 he was awarded the Breakbulk Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 the Greater Houston Port Bureau recognized Jerry Nagel as Maritime Person of the Year. It has been said that Jerry had two great passions outside of family and the maritime industry, and those were maritime education and the Houston Maritime Museum. Jerry found the most fulfilling experiences in life were those where he was doing, creating and building. That's when you saw him at his best. His credo was" say what you can do, then do what you say".
Jerry Nagel was born in New Orleans to Mary Kathleen (McCue) Nagel and Emile S. Nagel, both deceased. Jerry was a graduate of Holy Cross High School and Louisiana State University. Jerry is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda (Bouligny) Nagel, son Gerard E. Nagel II, daughter Gretchen Nagel Adams and grandson Cowan Adams. Jerry is also survived by two sisters Mary Kathleen (Nagel) Bosarge and Patricia Ann (Nagel) Boudreaux and a host of nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held Monday, January 7th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church: 2601 Spring Stubner Rd., Spring, Texas 77398. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Houston Maritime Museum located at 2204 Dorrington, Houston, Texas 77030. Condolences can be expressed at :

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 6, 2013.
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January 17, 2013
I met Jerry when I first arrived Houston in the mid-70's. He was always full of friendliness, a true gem, & wealth of knowledge. I will always value knowing him. My condolenences, positive thoughts, and prayers are with the family during this difficult times. Warmest Jim Jackson
January 8, 2013
Jerry was a powerhouse in the transportation industry but, more importantly, he was a wonderful human being. He treated everyone, from Presidents of industry to a laborer on the dock, with the same degree of respect. He has left a powerful and enduring legacy and will be deeply missed.
Margaret Vaughan
January 7, 2013
I first met Jerry when he was with Stone & Webster and of course, met with him during my Houston area business calls while he was with Rickmers. I was the sales person representing the Port of Baltimore then and still reside in Baltimore. I'm sorry I couldn't be in Houston this week to pay my respects to a great guy. I wish his family the best and offer you my heartfelt condolences. Mel Bafford
January 7, 2013
Mrs Linda,
We send our condolences to you and your family at this very diificult time. We were all so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we will all continue to pray for you and your family as you face the difficult days ahead.

Dr Joshua Jones & Staff
(Joshua, Wendy, Rai Lynne, Melissa, Joanna, Dawn, Beth, Kim, Natalie and Yvette)
Rai Lynne Dufrene
January 4, 2013
To Trish and Family, We send our condolences and prayers at this very sad time. May the warm memories you have of your brother be a comfort to you always. Our prayers are with you.
Sandra Chaplain Bailey & Brian Bailey
Sandra Chaplain Bailey
January 4, 2013
To Trish.

We send you love and prayers in this time of sorrow.

We know how close you were to Jerry and his family and we hope you are comforted with memories of happier times.

May he rest in peace in God's care.

Gail and Lynn
Gail Gomila
January 4, 2013
Thinking of you all today. I will always appreciate your familys hospitality as one of my hurricane get aways. Jerry was a kind man and so good to Mildred. All my love.

Marie Faucher
Marie Faucher
January 4, 2013
I will always value that Jerry was one my best friends and closest colleagues over very many years. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Patrick Cooper
January 3, 2013
To the Nagel Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your great loss. I was introduced and had the pleasure of working with Jerry for several years. I will miss his passion for the industry and he will be a great loss to all.

Don Zemo/Coastal Cargo, NOLA
Don Zemo
January 2, 2013
Jerry will be greatly missed by the maritime industry. He was a true leader and a friend to all. We were blessed to know and work with him. May he rest in peace and may God's peace be with his friends and family.
Smitty Thorne
January 1, 2013
Linda we are so sorry to hear about Jerry. Know he is in a better place and will be looking over you and the family. It has been my honor to know and work with Jerry over the years. We will keep you and the family in our prayers.

Earl and Earline Silver, Angleton, Texas
January 1, 2013
Linda and the Nagel family. We are so sorry that Jerry lost his valiant battle! He loved his family more than life itself and wanted so much to recover, but God had other plans and I am sure he is now directing Logistics in heaven! He is in a better place and feel comfort in the fact that we shall all re-unite one day with God's grace! God speed Jerry! We will all miss you! Ernest & Renee Bezdek
Ernest & Renee Bezdek
January 1, 2013
Kathleen and Trish,

Was so sorry to hear about your brother. It sounds like he was an amazing and brilliant person. May your memories overshadow the grief that is in your hearts today.

Grace Ann Leveque Urban
December 31, 2012
Jerry was an important figure in the transportation world and I will always remember his great advice he willing gave and the hours we spent together over the years.

John Amos
John Amos
December 31, 2012
Jerry was one of the greatest human beings it has been my honour to know. One of the most forward looking thinkers I have ever met. He loved the Industry and contributed to it in so many ways. He was the one that came up with the idea for the Emergency Medical Fund. The Maritime Museum and was also very concerned about the new blood coming into our industry not being properly trained or prepared. He wanted to start an apprentice program for them.
He was a Mentor to me. I shall miss so much our talks and his advice. He was a true friend. Always there without asking when one needed help. He was just a great leader and such a decent person.
I will miss you so much Jerry. God Bless you and your family. You will always be part of me and i will always remember and never forget.

Clay G. Woodgate (The Woodlands, TX)
December 31, 2012
Linda I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Not sure if you remember me. But I have thought of you often.
Charlene Coye Arnold Volz.
December 28, 2012
The Nagel family, I have such fond memories of Jerry at St. Mary of the Angels and in the Holy Cross Tiger Band. I hope that you are comforted by your cherished memories.
Robert Drewes
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