Joe Hale informs us from Houston of Tim Fangman‘s death from an auto – truck accident June 6, 2015:
I recently received an e-mail from Ann Reins Fangman (SMC ’68) in regard to the tragic death of her wonderful husband Tim in a vehicle accident on June 6, 2015. I knew Tim from freshman year forward as he was on my wing of the third floor of Keenan. He grew up in Omaha and graduated from Creighton Prep. After Tim’s ND graduation he got his medical degree from Creighton and later spent a year or so at the Mayo Clinic before returning to his home town of Omaha to practice cardiology. (Tim’s dad is still living and is a well-known Omaha physician.)
Tim was the only occupant in his SUV and was wearing his seat belt when his SUV (heading north above Columbia Falls, Montana to a cabin – near Glacier National Park) was hit head on by a truck that crossed over and struck the SUV on a viaduct. Alcohol and speed were factors in the accident. The other driver has been charged with motor vehicular homicide, and is awaiting trial.
I last saw Tim and Ann after our 10th Year ND Reunion as I drove over to Omaha. Tim and I traded a few e-mails during the last year or so. I’ve circulated the news of Tim’s death to fellow Keenan and other ND classmates who knew him. And my three-year ND roommate Tom Culcasi said his wife Judy (SMC ’68) would notify her SMC friends. Gene “Skip” Schraeder replied that he could remember tiptoeing as his room in Keenan was close to Tim’s; Skip didn’t want to jostle the needle while Tim’s stereo (once again) was playing Beach Boys recordings. (I can’t think of a nicer way to disturb whatever peace existed in Keenan!)
Many really-nice comments in regard to Tim’s diligence and interest in his patients can be seen if you Google the obituary, etc. from the Omaha newspaper. Tim was predeceased by his mother Jeanne and two granddaughters. Along with Ann and Tim’s father, Tim is survived by a son, three daughters, 10 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.