Former Outstanding Professor Glenn
Nagel Dead at 59
from Dateline (June 19, 2003)
emeritus professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who helped establish
the university’s biochemistry program during his 24-year tenure
with Cal State Fullerton, died of cancer May 21. He was 59.
In 1972 – while completing postdoctoral
work at UC Berkeley – Nagel was recruited to join Fullerton’s
Chemistry Department. With Bruce Weber, Nagel helped the biochemistry
program grow, eventually seeing the department renamed to Chemistry
During his years at Fullerton, he served
as department chair and associate dean of the College of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics, and in 1987, was named CSUF Outstanding
Professor. His contributions to teaching, science and student research
were evidenced by the major National Science Foundation grants he
garnered, his collaborative work with colleagues such as Maria Linder,
and his effort as a major proponent of involving undergraduate students
in research. He authored the first successful grant for the Research
Experiences for Undergraduates program, an important component of
student research efforts since 1993.
According to his colleagues, Nagel always
saw science as part of a larger life experience, and it was not
unknown for there to be wine tasting and Mozart in the analytical
ultracentrifuge room on Friday afternoons.
In 1996, he retired from Cal State Fullerton
but not from higher education, becoming dean of Cal State Long Beach’s
College of Natural Science and Mathematics.
Linder was one of three persons who
delivered a eulogy at services held June 2 in Long Beach.
A scholarship fund has been established
in his honor. Contributions to the Glen Nagel Fullerton Undergraduate
Research Fund may be sent to University Advancement Foundation,
account number 70246.
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