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Kagle, Joseph L.

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May 2, 1932 - July 12, 2019

Kagle, Joseph L.

Joseph Louis Kagle, Jr., of Kingwood, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend decided Friday, July 12, 2019 was a good day to pass the torch.

Joe was born on May 2, 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph and Edith (Marcelles) Kagle.  He married a woman who made his eyes dance for 61 years, Anne C. Schiller, on January 19, 1957.  He discovered his calling by inspiring others as a professor at universities around the globe and as a teacher in K-12; he also was an accomplished artist in multiple genres, and an art museum director at numerous acclaimed art museums across the United States.  Joe treasured his time teaching students, of all ages, as he brought out the wonder and love of learning by honoring and fostering the magic of childhood, he also maintained the sophistication of a worldly, acclaimed scholar that inspired hundreds through his teachings, art, writing, leadership and mentorship.  His steadfast love for his alma mater, Dartmouth College, continues to live on today with active involvement in the Class of 1955.  He received a scholarship to play college football and had the privilege of knowing the legendary poet, Robert Frost.

Joe was predeceased by the twinkle in his eye, Anne Schiller Kagle, and his beloved brothers, Robert and Allen Kagle and sister Anita Waldron.  He is survived by his devoted children, daughter Samantha Norris and husband Jay, son Christopher Kagle, 2 cherished grandchildren, Erin and Matthew, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life is planned for mid-August at Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX.  The exact date and time to be determined.  In lieu of flowers please honor him with a donation to any university/school that fosters a creative mind, an amazing art museum, an art project or art extravaganza, or a teacher that inspires you.  Keep learning, art and wonder alive.

 


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A Celebration of Life is planned for mid-August at Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX.  The exact date and time to be determined.  In lieu of flowers please honor him with a donation to any university/school that fosters a creative mind, an amazing art museum, an art project or art extravaganza, or a teacher that inspires you.  Keep learning, art and wonder alive.


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Eve and Joe R. Riley

December 31, 2019 3:54PM

Joe Kagle became the Director of The Art Center, Waco, Texas, during my tenure as President of the organization. He "blew away" all competition for the position, and brought the Art Center Waco into prominence in Waco, and beyond. Joe was instrumental in bringing major artists, their hanging works and sculpture contributions to the venue and its grounds. He was active in the community, making it his own with his exuberance for all the arts and using his driving personality and force to promote all things art and development in Waco. His impact on Waco is still seen and felt today. Joe and Anne were our friends. Our lives and our appreciation of art was enhanced by knowing them. We have Joe's own art creation on display in our home. He is with us, still.


Lori Odell

July 29, 2019 7:15PM

I work at the college library where Professor Kagle taught. I always looked forward to visiting with Joe on the other side of the library counter, or in the art media department, of which he was a regular. Peppy and positive, he enjoyed visiting and telling me about his current favorite inspirations. And I always loved hearing them. His life adventures of the many hats he wore were fascinating and always sparked more questions. It was better than any adventure TV series. I especially looked forward to King Henry the 8th day, a day he would dress up in an elaborate costume, and assume the persona of King Henry in front of his art appreciation classes. Those days he sometimes had a book to pick up, or art work to drop off to the media department next door. To my delight, he would tell me how the class went, and how the students responded. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during those classes!

I also had the privilege of reading his books and blogs, and conversing about them afterward. What a love he has for his family! And what an illustrious career path he has had!

The Joe I Know
(Ode to Professor Kagle)

He lived life his way. To the fullest. With focus on helping others.

He lived for the teaching moments of opening others eyes.

He woke us up and made us think.

He put wheels on thoughts of kindness.

A doer, inspiring, and thinking out of the box in all the good ways.

He helped us to live fuller lives.

And is never gone from our hearts.