Oct. 1, 2018
Today we mourn the loss of two members of our Creighton community, both of whom passed late last week.
On Thursday, we lost a bright, young occupational therapy student in our Creighton Alaska Pathway program. Hailey Belnap, 25, was killed in a car accident near Palmer, Alaska.
Hailey, from Palmer, was a first-year student in the pathway program, Class of 2021. As far from campus as this occurred, we are no less saddened by her loss; as a community that stretches beyond the borders of our main campus, we mourn her together.
We were also saddened to learn that John Daniel Egan, MD, professor emeritus in the School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, died Thursday after a short illness. He was 96 years old and leaves behind his beloved wife, Marjorie, four sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren.
Dr. Egan’s 64-year career at Creighton University School of Medicine was marked by a great many achievements and awards. He arrived on campus in 1954 after serving honorably in the military during World War II and the Korean War and earning his medical degree from the University of Buffalo in New York. Once here, he established himself as a beloved faculty member, innovator, and healer.
In the words of School of Medicine Dean Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD’81, MBA, FACHE, “he demonstrated what it means to be a ‘Creighton physician’ in his dedication to excellent patient care and selfless service to others.”
As a long-tenured fixture in the School of Medicine and the surrounding community, he will be well-remembered and keenly missed. You can read more about Dr. Egan’s career and life here.
Funeral arrangements for Hailey are pending. Dr. Egan’s family will receive friends this evening from 5-7 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Omaha, 3122 S. 74th St., followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m.
Please hold Hailey, Dr. Egan, and their families in your prayers.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ