|ZYGMUNT NAGORSKI (Bernard Gotfryd/New York Times)|
Zygmunt Nagorski, founder of leadership center; at 98
NEW YORK - Zygmunt Nagorski, a Polish emigre who wrote widely about East-West relations during the Cold War and founded an organization that addresses ethics in international business, died June 26 at a retirement home in Washington. He was 98.
His death was confirmed by his son, Andrew.
Mr. Nagorski was president of the Center for International Leadership from the time he founded it in 1986 until his retirement in 2004. The center, in Washington, holds seminars for executives of US and multinational corporations that examine corporate cultures, leadership development, and corporate, as well as individual, ethical values.
Mr. Nagorski arrived in the United States in 1948 after serving in World War II with Polish forces in exile under British command. By then, his command of English made it possible for him to be hired as a copy editor at The Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times.
His freelance journalism and opinion articles, most of them focused on Polish affairs, were published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers.
Three years after becoming a US citizen in 1953, Mr. Nagorski was hired by the US Information Agency, and he served as an information officer at embassies in Egypt, South Korea, and France. In 1966 he left government service to join the Foreign Policy Association, a nonprofit educational organization in New York, as special assistant to its president. He was later program director at the Council on Foreign Relations and then vice president and director of seminars at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.
Zygmunt Witold Nagorski Jr. was born in Warsaw.