Please consider a gift today to continue Adeline's life work and legacy. This fund will bring us closer to reaching our goal of $25,000 to establish an endowment in her name so her legacy can always be remembered at the medical school and have a long lasting impact here. All gifts will help us accomplish the goal of honoring Adeline and helping our medical school, its students, and its activities.
Adeline “Addie” Marie Fagan, MD ‘19, of La Fayette, NY, passed away September 19, 2020, after contracting COVID-19. She was living in Houston doing her residency in OBGYN. She contracted the virus at the start of her second year of residency while doing her ED rotation despite following all protocols. She spent months in ICU alone on the vent and ecmo. She was finally making progress, was off ecmo, out of the icu, was able to see her parents again, when she suddenly suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. She was only 28 years old.
As early as age of five, Addie ran around the house with a toy stethoscope around her neck. At age 11, Adeline developed a neurological disease and became confined to a wheelchair. A visit to the orthopedist to diagnose her illness cemented her desire to become a physician, after he took the time to explain his diagnosis directly to Adeline so she could understand. Throughout her life, Adeline loved and valued education. She attended Bishop Ludden High School, where in three short years she made many friends, played varsity lacrosse, and was elected Class President. She attended Saint Joseph's University (SJU) in Philadelphia, PA, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Adeline was a charter member of the SJU chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. She received her medical training at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and was a member of the Class of 2019 - where she made lifelong friends with her radiant smile and cheerful manner.
Always intent on helping others, Adeline traveled to Haiti on medical outreach trips during each of her four years in medical school, more than any other student in her class. In her last medical school rotation, she found OB/GYN, a discipline that married working with women and babies, her love of helping others, a need for patient education and surgical procedures. Adeline moved to Houston, TX for residency where she quickly blossomed as a caring and dedicated OB/GYN. She worked in both a hospital and a clinic for an underserved population. In addition to being a doctor and helping others, Adeline loved her extended family, friends, music, and her dog, Ruby.
According to her good friend and classmate Dr. Christine Krol (formerly Robertson), Addie was one of the most caring and empathetic people. During med school, Addie did 4 trips to Haiti and was known by many for her extraordinarily kind, caring, and passionate soul for global health, making people’s lives better, etc., She leaves behind her parents and 3 sisters.
Dr. Dori Marshall, Associate Dean and Director of Medical Admission, shares that “Adeline was a bright spot in an often-dark world, exuberantly joyful, humble, troubled by the woes of others, and determined to leave this world a better place through her outreach on many fronts.”
Many knew Addie for her joy and service to others. This fund serves for this reason and as a reminder that this virus may be with us long-term and that it can have a devastating impact on anyone. We need to continue to be vigilant and careful in our work, and to support and appreciate each other while we do so.