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Robert William Agan

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine -- Robert William Agan, M.D., 84, died in his sleep on Saturday, April 17, 2004 at his home in Cape Elizabeth.

He was born, a twin, in Bennington, Vt. on Feb. 13, 1920, the son of Abram Martin Agan and Olive Ann Lowrey Agan. Dr. Agan was predeceased by his twin brother Dr. Lawrence Martin Agan of Topeka, Kan..

On Feb. 13, 1946, Dr. Agan married Mary Louise Conley at Camp Shoemaker Naval Hospital near Hayward, Calif. The Agans have made their home in Cape Elizabeth since 1949 and raised their family there.

For nearly 55 years, Dr. Agan was an active member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church where he served as a warden and an usher. He was an adult leader in Boy Scout Troop 80 and a Cape Elizabeth School Board member during the 1960s.

A graduate of the University of Vermont and the UVM College of Medicine, Dr. Agan continued his medical training at Stamford (Conn.) Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Dr. Agan was a U.S. Navy veteran. At the end of World War II, he served aboard ship in the Pacific.

In 1949, he and his family came to Maine. He practiced at the Maine General Hospital in Portland until the Navy recalled him during the Korean War. He then served at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Dr. Agan continued as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 20 years and retired as a lieutenant commander.

Dr. Agan practiced anesthesiology at Mercy Hospital in Portland for more than 30 years, retiring in 1985.

He is survived by his wife Mary Louise Agan of Cape Elizabeth; his sister Marjorie Agan Gervais of Bennington, Vt.; two daughters, Martha Louise Agan of Cape Elizabeth and Nancy Elizabeth Agan of Scarborough; two sons, Mark Taylor Agan of Colchester, Vt. and Robert David Agan of Wells; four grandchildren, Joshua Hopkins Agan of Aspen, Colo., Barrett Agan Nichols of Scarborough, John Fortune Agan and Clare Fortune Agan of Wells; one niece and three nephews.

Dr. Agan was predeceased by his grandson, Matthew Anthony Agan of Government Camp, Ore., as well as by his twin brother Larry.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at St. Alban’s Church in Cape Elizabeth. A private burial at Riverside Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Local arrangements by Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Bennington Public Library.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 20, 2004
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