John C. Flanagan, M.D. died on January 6, 2017 at home in West Chester surrounded by his family. He was born on November 23, 1931. His parents, Dr. John and Marie (Gable) Flanagan, and his sister Kathy (Flanagan)McIlvaine preceded him in death. He was married to Nancy Graham Flanagan for sixty years, the father of Joseph (Mindy) Flanagan, Maura (Thomas) Crago and Paul (Heather) Flanagan; and grandfather of John Gavin, Elisabeth Gavin, Katherine Flanagan, and Alana Flanagan. He is also survived by his sisters Marie (Flanagan) O’Hora, Anne (Flanagan) Burgoyne and brother Joseph Flanagan, M.D. He was brother-in-law to Mary Jane (Graham) O’Donnell (dec’d) Katherine (Graham) Carlin, John Graham, Gerard Graham (dec’d) Joseph Graham, Vincent Graham, and Michael Graham.
John graduated from LaSalle High School (1949) Georgetown University (1953) and Jefferson Medical College (1957). He received a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Internal Medicine, and finished his graduate training at Abington Memorial Hospital. He was boarded in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He had a varied professional career in both private practice and as Chief of Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Prescott, AZ. He left private practice in Lansdale to join the War on Poverty in the early 60’s and was the first medical director of the neighborhood medical center in North Philadelphia under Temple University. John had a great love for the poor and was involved in many projects on their behalf. He deeply loved Georgetown University and Jesuit spirituality. He was athletically inclined and loved tennis, golf, bird watching, hiking, biking and jazz.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Wednesday, January 11th at 11AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester, PA. 19380 where the family will receive friends on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45AM.
Interment at a later date at St. Agnes Cemetery, West Chester.
For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory to Bethesda Project, 1630 South Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19146 would be preferred.