Died on January 20, 2018 at Ingleside at Rock Creek. Born on April 21, 1917, she grew up in Warsaw after her Polish parents fled from near Minsk following the Russian Revolution. Graduating with a business degree from the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, she married Zygmunt Nagorski in 1938. They escaped from Poland at the start of World War II, and she accompanied Zyg when he served in Polish forces under British command in Scotland. Along with their children Maria and Andrew, they immigrated to the United States in 1948. Their third child, Terry, was born in New York.
In 1956 the family moved to Washington when Zyg joined the U.S. Foreign Service. During their postings in Cairo, Seoul and Paris, Marie volunteered for local causes and continued her avid tennis career, winning three national championships in South Korea. After living in New York, they moved back to Washington in 1990 where Marie continued as a volunteer and board member for local nonprofits focusing on ending hunger and homelessness
Marie possessed extraordinary drive. In Warsaw, she learned English from American missionaries, worked for Colgate Palmolive and discovered her passion for tennis. Always a devoted mother, she also served as Zyg's editor and business manager. She was Executive VP of the International Center in NY and board member for the Breast Cancer
Awareness Program for Poland. Along with Zyg, she co-founded the Center for International Leadership in Washington. They were married for 72 years until Zyg's death in 2011.
She is survived by her three children, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada St. NW, on January 29 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Doctors Without Borders
or So Others May Eat (SOME).