Celebrating Valentine’s Day: A Tri-C Love Story
Alumna solved the code for true love
Patricia Nagel found the pathway to her career — and her soulmate — at Cuyahoga Community College. She earned an Associate of Applied Business degree in Information Technology in 1969 and returned to Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus in 1971 for a computer programming course.
“There was only one person in the classroom when I arrived, and he was sitting alone in the back corner,” Nagel said. “We introduced ourselves and were amazed to learn we had both attended John Adams High School in Cleveland but never met, because he was five years ahead of me.”
They walked to their cars together after class, and both exited onto Woodland Avenue, a one-way street. Len turned (correctly) to the right and saw Patricia turn left — right into oncoming traffic!
“Len was sure he would see a story on the news about a wrong-way driver on Woodland,” Nagel said. “He was relieved when he saw me at the next class.”
Patricia and Len were married two years later and now live in Brecksville. Len has enjoyed a long career as a lab chemist, but after 45 years working with computers, Patricia is a happy retiree. She volunteers as a greeter for various events around the city of Cleveland and helps out at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, which are housed in the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on Tri-C’s Metro Campus.
“When I’m down there, I park in the same garage as I did for that computer programming class,” said Nagel. “But now I exit onto Woodland Avenue the correct way.”
The Nagels love Cleveland and enjoy attending events all around town. The relationship that started almost 50 years ago is still going strong.
“When Len proposed, he said he knew life with me would never be boring,” Nagel said. “And he was right!”
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Alumna Ramat Wiley and her husband, McKinley, also share a strong connection to Tri-C. Read their Tri-C Love Story here.