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Reagan Kelly Lorenzen


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Reagan Kelly Lorenzen Obituary
Reagan Kelly Lorenzen passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, after a bravely fought battle with breast cancer. Celebration of life: The family will host a celebration of Reagan's life after the holidays. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Cancer Treatment Research & Educational Institute, which was founded by Dr. Karel Dicke to encourage cross-fertilization between different disciplines of cancer research, or to Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Foundation Inc. Reagan was born in New York City on Dec. 9, 1957, to Katherine and Charles Kelly. Following the addition of her younger brother Sean, the family moved to Connecticut and then Los Angeles where she spent her formative years and attended Westlake Academy (class of 1975). She moved to her adoptive home of Dallas to attend SMU, where she graduated in 1979. While there, Reagan was a member of the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Gamma. Following graduation, Reagan earned her CPA and began her career in the world of finance where she held tenures at Arthur Anderson and Pepsi Co. After leaving Pepsi she discovered the career that fit her best, financial planning at Lincoln Financial Advisors. Reagan's career also led her to meeting the love of her life, Peter Lorenzen, whom she met when they worked together while she was at Arthur Andersen and he was a lawyer from New York. They married in May of 1984. Throughout their 29 years of marriage, Reagan and Peter remained dedicated to one another. Friends and family often described them as "a perfect fit"; they complemented each other in every way. They supported each other through tribulations and celebrated life's wonders, from the everyday moments to major milestones, such as the births of their two daughters, Sarah and Kassie. A loving mother, Reagan was an endless source of wisdom, common sense and encouragement. Through her daughters, she leaves her kick-ass legacy of being awesome. Having attended a women's high school in her youth, she discovered the value of a women's-only education and became dedicated to a lifelong pursuit of developing strong, educated, independent women. This is exemplified in every aspect of her life. She sent her daughters to The Hockaday School, which she always praised for the education and values it instilled. She has remained an active member of the Dallas Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter and served as president of the Alpha Upsilon House Corporation. Since 1999, she was an integral member of the Dallas chapter of the women's service organization Altrusa International Inc. of Downtown Dallas. At Altrusa, Reagan held several offices including treasurer, vice president of programs, vice president of fundraising and two terms as president. Under her dynamic leadership, the club was honored for its outstanding achievements. As vice president of fundraising, fondly known as the "Poinsettia Goddess," Reagan spearheaded the club's highly successful Christmas poinsettia sale. In addition, Reagan was instrumental in developing Dessert First, Altrusa's current fundraiser, and was the Dessert First Fundraising Superstar in 2009. Reagan's Altrusa sisters will always cherish the memories of her smile, her strong leadership and her great personal courage. While in college Reagan studied abroad in Madrid, pursuing what would become a lifelong passion for travel and getting to know new places all over the world, particularly through local food and wine. She loved great food, wine, beaches -- where she read romance novels (held open with a banana clip) -- new friends and art. She also loved that she and Peter decided to live at The Warrington for the past three years -- the "best decision we ever made!" It's a wonderful community and she wanted the staff to know how much she appreciated their smiles and support. She pulled people together and imparted life's lessons to friends and family. Her family and friends all benefitted from her generous, helpful and positive nature, balanced by her honesty, practicality and pragmatism, which, if needed, would be expressed with forceful candor. Since May, she had been working with Dr. Karel Dicke at the Arlington Cancer Center pursuing innovative techniques that will directly impact the future of cancer treatment. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the Arlington Cancer Center for their warmth, professionalism and perpetual good humor. Survivors: Her husband, Peter; daughters, Sarah and Kassie; parents, Charlie and Katy; brother, Sean and his family; many close cousins and loved ones; and many dear friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 27, 2013
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