James (Jim) Emmett Hagerty, resident of Davidsonville, Maryland passed away peacefully October 6, 2021, surrounded by family, at the Medical University South Carolina, Charleston. He had been visiting family in Sunset Beach, NC, when he suffered a fatal illness. Jim was born March 9, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY to Philip E. Hagerty and Rose Estelle Langton Hagerty. The family, including older brother Patrick, moved to Albany, NY when Jim was two years old. Jim graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, class of 1963 and earned an Economics degree from St. Bernardine of Siena College in 1967. He subsequently earned a Master of Public Administration in Urban Planning from the American University in Washington, DC in 1972. Jim began his career in New York State as a young speechwriter for Gov. Nelson Rockefeller before being selected as a management intern for the Postmaster General of the United States. He earned a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the Institute of Court Management in Aspen Colorado. Jim worked in a number of Federal Government agencies, serving longest in the Department of Justice from which he retired in 1996. Jim then became a fully certified elementary school teacher and taught second graders – the position he considered the capstone of his career. Throughout his life, Jim had diverse interests and enjoyed playing sports – baseball, basketball, skiing, and golf, and was proficient at every bar game. Besides spending time with his beloved family, he was happiest on the Chesapeake Bay piloting the Dublin Bard. Proud of his Irish heritage, delighting in wearing his kilts on St. Paddy's Day, his favorite trip in recent years was to County Donegal Ireland, his ancestral home. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother Patrick and nephew Sean. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Santonastasso Hagerty, his daughter Lisa Fragomeni (Keith), and his sons, Kelly James (Robin), Jason Shane, and Shannon Ryan Hagerty, grandson Shane Hagerty and granddaughters Brianna Fragomeni, McKenna, Ryan, and Peyton Hagerty, his sister-in-law Georgia Hagerty, her three children and their families, the Santonastasso in-laws, countless nieces and nephews and many dear friends…and of course, his ever-faithful Clancy. Of his children, Jim was fond of saying, "When I die, there won't be a statue of me in the park, but I'll leave behind great kids." Plans for a memorial service and celebration of Jim's life will be announced for a later time. Contributions in his name can be made to the American Heart Association
Published by The Capital Gazette on Oct. 17, 2021.