Richard C. D'Agostino, design director

Richard C. D'Agostino, design director

Richard C. "Dick" D'Agostino, former Baltimore Sun design director who later worked for Fujitsu Consulting in

New York City

, died Monday of

heart failure

at his

Roland Park

home. He was 64.

Richard Compton D'Agostino, whose father had been manager of the old Alcazar Hotel and whose mother was a registered nurse, was born and raised in



Mr. D'Agostino, who had planned to become a priest, was a 1966 graduate of St. Albert's Junior Seminary in


, N.Y. In 1970, he earned a degree in philosophy from what is now

Loyola University Maryland


He worked in maintenance during the day at the Alcazar and studied art at night at Mary's Commercial Art School in Pikesville.


Mr. D'Agostino began his career in the commercial art department of the old News American in 1975 and was later promoted to editorial art director, where he was responsible for redesigning the newspaper.

In 1982, he joined The Baltimore Sun's commercial art department, and two years later was promoted to editorial design director. As he had done at his previous paper, he redesigned The Baltimore Sun. He won numerous Hearst illustration awards for his work.

After leaving The Sun in 1990, Mr. D'Agostino worked as electronic publishing manager in Washington for National Geographic magazine. From 1993 to 1997, while living in

Port Jefferson

, N.Y., he worked for


in New York City as senior program manager of e-commerce.

In 1997, he joined Fujitsu as a strategic management consultant. He retired in 2003.

The former Lauraville resident then moved to Newfound Lake, N.H. He and his wife, the former Pegeen Marie Slover, whom he married in 1972, returned to Roland Park in 2005.

Mr. D'Agostino was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615

Harford Road

, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife, who is principal of Mercy High School, Mr. D'Agostino is survived by two daughters, Jen D'Agostino and Rida D'Agostino, both of Washington; two brothers, Bruce D'Agostino of Derwood,

Montgomery County

, and James D'Agostino of Houston; a sister, Katherine McAllister of Cockeysville; and many nieces and nephews.