In Loving
Memory

Myron Morgan Yagel, Ph.D.

March 5, 1926 – December 4, 2023

Myron Morgan Yagel, Ph.D., devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed peacefully in his sleep, entered the gates of his heavenly home, and reunited with his beloved wife, on Monday morning, December 4, 2023. At 97, he was preceded in death by his parents, Cameron Galen Yagel and Marjorie Lucille Morgan Yagel, his brother, Gerald Thomas Yagel, and his wife of 63 years, Bobbie Lee Brown Yagel.

Born March 5, 1926, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Richmond, Myron graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Richmond in 1950, and an M.A. in Psychology. He served as a much-loved principal at Richmond’s Park School for many years, dedicated to the education of special needs children, and also in WWII, rising through the ranks to Naval Lieutenant Commander after continuing in the Navy Reserves.

Outside of the classroom, Myron spent several years as both director and coach at Richtop Community Pool; in his early forties, summers were then spent pursuing a Ph.D. in Special Education at UVA. After graduation, he accepted a position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for twenty years. There Myron enjoyed supervising student teachers and advising for Chi-Alpha, a campus Christian fellowship. Encouraging students in their personal and faith lives was, for him, both a talent and a passion. He also served as deacon and elder at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Richmond and Graystone United Presbyterian Church in Indiana, PA.

Myron’s interests included faithful daily devotions, traveling both abroad and across the US, sailing, skiing, photography, gardening, and beekeeping. He also co-authored a marriage mentoring book with his wife, Bobbie, entitled, “15 Minutes to Build a Better Marriage.”

He is survived by his three children, J. Craig Yagel, Ph.D., (Denise), Stephen Thomas Yagel (Elizabeth), Wendy Lee Yagel Watros (Jeffrey); six grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; two nephews; and great-nephews and nieces.

A graveside service for family and friends will be conducted by the Rev. William Yagel on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Noon at Hopewell Methodist Church in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Graveside Service

Location

Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery

Date

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Time

Noon

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One Comment

  1. Gloria Shepler December 12, 2023 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Jack and I are blessed to call Myron friend and a brother in Christ.

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