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FRANCIS J. SCANLON


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FRANCIS J. SCANLON Obituary
Frank J. Scanlon, who practiced law in Nashville for over 40 years, died April 22, 2017, at his home due to complications from cancer. Mr. Scanlon was born Aug. 23, 1946, in Kansas City, MO, to Edward Scanlon and Teresa Howe. The family moved to St. Louis, MO, until 1959 when his father relocated the family to Hasting, NE, where Mr. Scanlon graduated St. Cecilia Catholic High School in 1964. He then attended Conception Seminary College in Conception, MO, where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy in 1968. Upon leaving the seminary, Mr. Scanlon joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) where he met and later married his wife of 43 years, Pauline Adoue on Feb. 14, 1970, in Bennington, VT. The family relocated to Portland, ME, where Mr. Scanlon received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Maine Law School in 1973 where he served as an editor of the Maine Law Review. After graduation, Mr. Scanlon clerked for the federal court in Holton, ME. Mr. Scanlon had a short stint with the investigative arm of the Tennessee Medical Board before joining the Attorney General's Office. Mr. Scanlon had a 12 year career with the Attorney General's Office starting and heading the Environmental Enforcement Division. Mr. Scanlon's claim to notoriety came with his participation in the medical licensing case of George C. Nichopoulos, MD. Dr. Nicopoulos was the attending physician to Elvis Presley and as such Mr. Scanlon was interviewed over the years for several books about Elvis Presley. In 1988, Mr. Scanlon joined Watkins, McNeilly and Rowan where he practiced law focusing on environmental and administrative law until his passing. Mr. Scanlon was an avid runner and active with the Nashville Striders in his younger days. He ran multiple marathons over his life including the New York City Marathon. Mr. Scanlon was also active in the community. He served for many years on the University School of Nashville Board and he was also active in the Nashville Pro Bono program. Mr. Scanlon is preceded in death by his mother and father, Edward and Teresa Scanlon and his wife Pauline A. Scanlon. He is survived by his brother Edward B. Scanlon (Barbara) of Kansas City, MO and his sister, Sr. Joan Scanlon, OP of New Haven, CT and his daughter Meghan Scanlon Roach (Kyle V. Roach, MD) of Chattanooga, TN and his two grandchildren McCall and Deaglan Roach. There will be a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at St. Elizabeth Church, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219 or The Kansas City Irish Center, 19 W. Linwood, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Published in Kansas City Star on June 1, 2017
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