J. Daniel “Dan” Egan, M.D.

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.



  • Dianne Horst Posted September 28, 2018 3:47 pm

    Paula … I am so very sorry for your loss. There is never a right time to lose a parent. Please pass my sympathies to your family. Thinking of you!

  • Amy Arouni, M.D. Posted September 28, 2018 8:11 pm

    Dr. Egan literally was the reason I entered residency in Internal Medicine. When I was thinking about maternal fetal medicine, my sister advised me to do a rotation in July or August of my senior year in med school with Dr. Egan. I did so. Of course, I went into Internal Medicine. And now I am honored to serve our veterans at the Omaha VA Medical Center. Rest In Peace, Dr. Egan. Your legacy goes on and on.

  • Katie Loring Posted September 28, 2018 9:28 pm

    Dave, Chris, Joe and the rest of the family. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. You are in my prayers. May God hold you in the palm if his hand Dr. Egan. ??

  • Betsy Egan Hamm Posted September 29, 2018 6:33 am

    I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet the first cousin my dad and Uncle Bill often mentioned. Prayers of peace and consolation to your family!

  • Judy Koenig Posted September 29, 2018 7:21 pm

    I am privileged to have worked with Dr. Egan throughout many years in the Omaha VA. Dr. Egan was known for his high expectations of patient care and for having a zero infection rate among his hemodialysis patients. He also educated many residents through their residency and maintained a journal club throughout his tenure and into his retirement. I am grateful for being able to work with him and I am certain he had an elevator taking him straight to Heaven when he was called to go home. Thank you Dr. Egan for the gift of you.

  • Dan Cole MD Posted October 1, 2018 6:29 am

    Dr. Egan taught me in the late 60 and 70. I am still practicing family medicine after retiring from ER medicine. Every day I use something he taught me. I LOVE students, as he did. Your family have my prayers. I am certain he is at a great Creighton reunion in heaven. Thank all of you for sharing him and thank God for him. Dr. Dan and Sheila Cole, Ft Dodge, Iowa

  • Sarah Allen Posted October 1, 2018 9:26 am

    Dr. Egan will be greatly missed by us here at the VA.

  • Erin Burks Griffin Posted October 1, 2018 9:43 am

    Paula–I spoke w/ your father often and we laughed about your comments when I left Allegant and came to the VA and told you we could do lunch!! You replied “you do not DO LUNCH at the VA”..I always asked about you and he will be greatly missed! You Doug and your family are in our prayers….

  • Naresh Dewan Posted October 1, 2018 12:58 pm

    I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Dan Egan for several years at the Omaha VA Medical Center. Had shared lots of patients, stories and an office next door to his. He was the Ultimate Clinician who espoused caring, learning and teaching with such humility and respect for his patients. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. Naresh and Meera Dewan

  • Thomas Lynch Posted October 1, 2018 1:38 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Dan at the VA in Omaha. It was always the highlight of my day to see him in the hall and have a chance to talk and learn from his wisdom and experience. He will be missed.

  • Nicholas Lorenzo, M.D. Posted October 1, 2018 6:27 pm

    My father, Dr. Agapito Lorenzo, has been a friend of Dr. Egan’s since our family’s 1968 arrival in Omaha. I grew up in Omaha and am a 1988 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine along with Dr. Egan’s son, Pete. To make a long story short Dr. Egan was a brilliant, caring, and wonderful physician and person who positively affected generations of Nebraska physicians and other healthcare professionals. To say he will be missed is a giant understatement. I hope that his family can take comfort in that Dr. Egan showed all of us how to live an exceptional life. May he rest in peace…

  • Marlene Vogel RN Posted October 1, 2018 7:08 pm

    I am sending my condolences to Mrs. Egan, Dan, Joy and family.
    I worked with Dr Egan in Dialysis years ago with great admiration for his connection with the veterans. Everyone respected Dr Egan for his intellect, passion, grace and compassion. He spoke to everyone he saw in the halls. He always asked about my each of my family members even 15 years after working with him. A remarkable man.!

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