In Memoriam: Richard Nagy

Friday, May 3 2013

Richard Nagy, University of Idaho Facilities engineer, died on 26 April 2013 while riding his motorcycle, one of his most favorite activities. During his 12 years on campus, Richard was a tremendous asset to the Facilities organization and to the wider university and community. He brought enthusiasm, technical rigor and common sense to every problem he tackled, and his work will have lasting impact for the university. He was the primary champion behind the University’s $37M effort to implement a variety of energy and utility infrastructure improvements. This work occurred over a five-year period, making it the highest value single project ever undertaken on the Moscow campus of the university. Richard’s tenacity and broad technical capabilities were key in launching and delivering the project, which saves the university more than $1M annually in energy costs. Richard was well liked by all those privileged to work with him. He always had a smile and an affable manner, even when dealing with the inevitable peculiarities embedded in a large, bureaucratic organization. The entire Facilities team will miss him terribly.