Judy Flanagin

Judy Flanagin

Judy Flanagin, of Vermillion, died on Friday, August 16, 2013.

Judy Kay Davis was born on May 1, 1940 in Sterling, CO, to Bill and Evelyn (Langan) Davis. As a young child she lived in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. From the ages of 12-14 she lived in Nangal, India, where her father worked as a machinist and ran the heavy equipment shop for the construction of the Bhakra Dam. Upon her father's death in India, she returned with her mother to the U.S. She lived in Grand Island, NE through high school, where she met her husband of 53 years, Jon Flanagin.

Judy received her BA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and her MA from the University of South Dakota (USD). She lived in Vermillion from 1969-1971 and again from 1973 forward, when she began teaching at USD. There she taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses on language development, clinical methods, and other topics in speech pathology, and also served as the de facto Director of the USD Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic until her retirement in 2005. She was an inspirational teacher, who was respected and admired by the thousands of students she taught over the course of her career.

Judy was intelligent, artistic, enthusiastic, creative, indomitable, sharp-witted, and loving. She enjoyed many things, including reading, traveling, conversation, and her family. She was loved deeply her entire life.

Judy is survived by her husband Jon, her son Craig Flanagin (married to Normandy Sherwood) of Brooklyn, NY, her son Andrew Flanagin (married to Miriam Metzger) of Santa Barbara, CA, and 2 grandchildren, Zoe and Davis.

Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 20, 2013