J. Daniel “Dan” Egan, M.D.
January 12, 1922 – September 27, 2018
Preceded in death by brother, Edward. Survived by wife, Marjorie Murphy Egan; children: Vincent Egan (Joy), Eileen Egan, David Egan (Mary), Edward Egan, Dr. Peter Egan (Kathy), and Paula Egan; grandchildren: Christopher (Janez), Katie Hoagland (Joe), Moira Bickford (Jesse), Molly, Margaret Pandis (James), Dan (Olivia), Tyler Allen (Courtney), Whitney Allen, Maria Egan; brothers, Joseph Egan (Virginia) and Dr. Gerard Egan (Jeanette).
The family will receive friends on Monday, October 1st from 5pm to 7pm at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3122 S. 74th St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, October 2nd at 10am, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 331. Memorials are suggested to Creighton University or V.A. Medical Center.
Dan applied passion to every pursuit in his life: athletically, intellectually, and in the building of a strong family. In his young years, he was a three-sport letterman at Gardenville High School, followed by work on the Nickel Plate Railroad after graduation. He graduated from Rochester University in New York, trained as a Navy Corpsman in WWII, and entered Buffalo Medical College as a Navy Medical Officer. During his time in military service, he served as a Battalion and Regimental surgeon with the 1st Marine Corps Division during the Korean War, serving in a MASH unit. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the VA Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois. In 1954, an opportunity arose to begin teaching at Creighton Medical School in Omaha, NE. He leapt at the opportunity for further professional development and pioneered the specialty of nephrology and the treatment of patients with hemodialysis.
Family, faith, and education were the fundamental cornerstones to Dad. His definition of family transcended biological bonds; it included students, colleagues, patients, and friends. Although he felt it was important to be professional in one’s career, it was equally important to be compassionate. He knew he owed a great deal of his success to his wife, Marge. It was especially true in his continued pursuit of a happy, close family.