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MADIGAN, DR. JAMES - age 65, of Farragut, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family Thursday morning, April 25, 2013. Dr. Madigan was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He had a wonderful life of boundless energy, generosity, accomplishment and was esteemed for his decency and integrity. Dr. Madigan was a compassionate clinician and his career as a periodontist and dental educator spanned four decades. He will be forever known for his chair-side manner, excellence in dentistry and sense of humor. Dr. Madigan calmed his patients fears by saying he was the guardian angel of their teeth. Dr. Madigan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University School of Dentistry and completed his periodontal residence at Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and most recently, grandfather. His favorite time was spent traveling with his family, mentoring his son and daughter in dentistry, and watching "chick flicks" with his wife. As a testament to lifelong passion of dentistry, his son and daughter both followed in his professional footsteps. Dr. Madigan was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Madigan; and his twin-sister, Helen Seltzer. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marianne Madigan; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Michael Madigan and Lauren Chobanian Madigan; daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Courtney Conway and Michael Conway; grandchildren, Sebastian James Madigan and Annie Clare Conway; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Madigan, Jr. and Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Madigan; mother-in-law, Roxanne Thorpe; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and LeSha Thorpe; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family of Dr. Madigan wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Alan Grossman, Dr. David Slutzker, friends, colleagues, patients, and to all of Dr. Madigan's devoted staff who have continuously shown overwhelming kindness throughout his life. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, with a Rosary to follow at 4 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with Father Christopher Riehl, celebrant. A procession will immediately follow to Union Cemetery for Graveside Services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 633 St. John Court, Knoxville, TN 37934 or Covenant Hospice, 3001 Lake Brook Blvd., #101, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Madigan family.


Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013