Michael Joseph EGAN
1926 - 2016
H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel
173 Allen Road Ne
Sandy Springs, GA
Michael Joseph Egan, beloved family man and friend, distinguished attorney, lawmaker, and public servant, passed away peacefully at his home on January 7, 2016. Mike was born in Savannah, Georgia, on August 8, 1926. He was the son of Dr. Michael J. Egan and Elise Robider Egan, both natives of Savannah. Growing up, Michael, as he was then known, attended elementary school taught by the Marist Brothers and became an Eagle Scout in Troop 116. Although he never lived in Savannah after the age of 18, Mike loved the city and always considered it home. He often returned for Saint Patrick's Day parades and to see childhood friends. His most cherished trips back to Savannah were family summer vacations on Tybee Island in the 1960s and '70s. In 1944 Mike graduated from Portsmouth Priory prep school in Rhode Island and entered Yale College, but was soon drafted into the United States Army. At 19, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was later inducted into the Infantry Hall of Fame. Mike served with the 86th Infantry Division in the Philippines until WWII ended. He then returned to Yale, where he was President of St. Elmo fraternity, graduating in 1950. Mike was a "Yalie" through and through, and had fond and happy memories of his years there, especially relating to the lifelong friends he made during that time. One of those friends, Roger Horchow, introduced Mike to his future wife, Donna Cole of Columbus, Ohio, in 1949. Shortly after enrolling at Harvard Law School in the Fall of 1950, Mike was recalled to the Army during the Korean War. As a First Lieutenant, Mike served with the Second Infantry Division in Korea. Before leaving for combat in Korea, Lt. Egan married Donna in 1951, and for their honeymoon they drove cross-country together to San Francisco, where Mike shipped out to the Pacific. Upon his return from Korea, Mike and Donna moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Mike entered Harvard Law School, and where the first of their six children was born. He graduated with Honors in 1955, having served as President of the Legal Aid Society and as a member of Lincoln's Inn Society. He then joined the Atlanta firm of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, where he was a partner until retiring in 2000. He was a member of the American Law Institute, American Council of Trust and Estate Lawyers, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the American, Georgia and Atlanta Bar Associations. Mike was also a member of the Hibernian Society of Savannah and the Piedmont Driving Club. In 1965, Mike won election to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Republican and was reelected seven times. One of his first votes was in favor of allowing Julian Bond to be seated in the legislature, which many opposed due to Bond's vehement opposition to the Vietnam War. The measure to seat Bond was defeated 184-12, but was ultimately overturned by the United States Supreme Court. This early and courageous vote presaged a political career marked by independent thinking and principled stances. In 1971 Mike was elected House Minority Leader, at a time when Democrats dominated the General Assembly. Mike led a moderate Republican caucus that joined with the progressive Democrats of Gov. Jimmy Carter to pass important legislation over the objection of the allies of Lt. Gov. Lester Maddox. In early 1977, in a move reflective of President-elect Carter's intention to de-politicize the U.S. Department of Justice, Mike was named Associate Attorney General, serving under Attorney General Griffin Bell. His responsibilities included the civil, civil rights, tax, and environmental sections of the Department, as well as involvement in the selection of United States Attorneys and federal judges nationwide. Mike worked with the Carter administration until 1979, when he returned to private law practice. Ten years later, Mike returned to politics, winning a seat in the Georgia State Senate. Although Republicans were still greatly outnumbered at that time, Egan was an effective opposition leader who was respected by, and forged coalitions with, both Republicans and Democrats. Upon his retirement, he was called "the Conscience of the Senate" in an official declaration made by his Senate colleagues. He was a strong leader on behalf of legislation to protect the environment and was named Conservation Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Environmental Council. He was also an early and consistent proponent of gun control legislation, another stance upon which he never wavered. Mike retired from the Senate in 2000, having never lost an election for public office. Mike's work on behalf of community and church was wide- ranging, including service on the boards of Atlanta Fulton County Library (Chairman), Atlanta Fulton County Foundation, Catholic Social Services, Families First, Buckhead Christian Ministry, Brookwood Hills Community, The Westminster Schools, Trust for Public Land, Georgia Wilderness Society, and the North Georgia Water Planning District. He was an active and devoted parishioner at the Cathedral of Christ the King for 61 years and a prominent resident of the Brookwood Hills neighborhood from 1960-2000. Mike loved reading books (mostly historical non-fiction) and newspapers, savoring a good gin martini (on the rocks, one olive), and following the Atlanta Braves and Westminster Wildcats as a loyal fan. But his greatest love and source of happiness was his wife Donna and his family and times spent with them, especially family beach vacations at Tybee, Hilton Head, and Litchfield. His favorite place in the world was on the front porch at the beach in the early evenings, surrounded by his wife, children, sons and daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. Mike is survived by his beloved family: wife Donna, children: Moira Egan Vore (Jim) of Washington D.C., Michael Egan III (Mindy) of Atlanta, Donna Egan Rogers (Jim) of Greenville, SC, Cole Egan (Lee) of Atlanta, Roby Egan of San Diego, and John Egan (Valerie) of Atlanta, and grandchildren: Nina Vore, Michael Egan IV, Katie Egan, Jack Egan, Chas Egan, Eleanor Rogers, Sam Rogers, Cole Egan, Jr., Cameron Egan, Emily Egan, Mallie Egan, John Egan, Jr., Jake Egan, Jackson Egan, Joe Egan and Sam Kravitz; sister-in-law, Sharon Egan, nephew, Colman Egan, nieces, Sharon Egan Putnam and Catherine Egan, all of Atlanta. Mike was predeceased by his sister, Joan Houlihan, and her daughter, Joanie Shotts, and by his brother, William Robider (Roby) Egan. A funeral Mass celebrating Mike's life will be held at the Cathedral of Christ the King at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 14. The family will receive visitors following the service. A private interment will follow later in the afternoon at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Buckhead Christian Ministry, 2847 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 or the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 11, 2016.
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May 23, 2016
I had the honor of working with Mike in the Senate. He was one of the smartest, most thoughtful people I have known. I am thinking about the family during this time; my prayers are with you.
Joy (Atlanta)
joy hawkins
February 22, 2016
We are sorry for the loss of your loved ones. Our prayers are with you during these difficult times ahead. May the God of comfort assist you and your family in a way that we cannot.
A& T Hill
February 19, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I knew Mike from politics and remember fondly building the Republican party through the young Republicans.What fun we used to have and Mike was right there with us.
Rita Fink
February 4, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.
January 29, 2016
To the family of Michael Egan, may the God of all comfort, comfort you and your family at this time.
January 20, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 19, 2016
January 18, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss, but God promises to bring death to nothing @1Co15:26.

CW Forest Park GA.
January 16, 2016
We are sorry that your loved one has feel asleep in death. Our prayers are with you.
A& T Hill
January 16, 2016
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences.Psalms 116:15
January 14, 2016
I was fortunate to work with Mike Egan and to seek his counsel on many issues -- advice which was always wise and correct. Thanks for your service to your city, county and state, Senator. Georgia and our nation are better for your service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Egan family.
John Keys
January 14, 2016
To Mike's family I offer my prayers for peace and healing in this time of sorrow. I met him several times during my time volunteering for the Young Republicans. He was one of the finest people the Republican Party of Georgia ever produced. Respect for him was not limited to party, however, which is a true test of character in my mind. Even now, as an active Democrat, I hold Mike's memory in the highest regard. From a spiritual standpoint I offer this word of hope - love never dies. His love for you and your love for him will live on forever.
Bob Gibeling
January 13, 2016
To the Egan Famlily: Know that each and every one of you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
January 13, 2016
To the family - May you be comforted by the peace of God during this most challenging time and in the years to come.
January 11, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of deep sorrow. May God comfort you and strengthen you at this difficult time. Mike will be greatly missed. It was an honor to have known him.
Bob & Betty Ledbetter, Sr.
January 11, 2016
A great man whose service to this country cannot be overstated. He will be missed and it is inspiring to know of him through his wonderful family.
Doug Mattis
January 11, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 11, 2016
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences.Psalms 116:15
January 11, 2016
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time
January 11, 2016
I am truly sorry for your loss. God will give you peace and strength during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11
January 11, 2016
Dear family and friends; May the people of Georgia always remember Michael Egan hard work he accomplish in helping Georgia to become a great state. May you have comfort knowing that the "God of Comfort" will never forget the works of a righteous man. (Hebrews 6:10;2Chorinthians 1:3)
Sarah Savannah
January 10, 2016
I had the privilege to know and work with Mike Egan during his tenure in the House and later in the State Senate. Rest in Peace.
Ed McGill
January 10, 2016
The Armstrong and Conners families send heartfelt condolences to each and every member of the Egan clan. Mike will be so dearly missed by all who knew him.
Much love to all.
Jan Conners
January 10, 2016
We met Mike in his retirement years while attending a birhday party of a mutual friend. He was delighted to know that we knew about Portsmouth Priory now known as the Priory School he attended travelling with a few other boys by train from Atlanta to Rhode Island.

How wonderful to read the tributes of those who knew him and worked with him, remembering his integrity,great conscience and desire for inclusion.

Rest in peace good and faithful servant.
Carolyn and Francis Castano
Carolyn Castano
January 10, 2016
From the Baltimore Egan branch, please pass along our condolences as you honor one of the greatest from our family, Michael J Egan. His Aunts were so proud of him.

Thomas A Sweeney
January 9, 2016
A friend and a wise legislator of great talents. We miss his wisdom today.Long live this principled decent human being. RIP Egan!
tom Houck
January 8, 2016
Senator Egan was a great mentor; great leader and great inspiration to so many. I am lucky that I got to work with him. Michael S. Meyer von Bremen, Albany
Michael Meyer von Bremen
January 8, 2016
January 8, 2016

Sen. Egan was a charming Irish gentleman. Though I didn't "know" him per se, he had kind words for all who passed him in the Capitol during session. My condolences to the Egan Family.

Ms Patricia Mulligan
Atlanta Georgia
January 8, 2016
We are proud to have become a member of the wonderful Egan extended family with the marriage of the youngest Egan son, John, to our youngest daughter, Valerie. Getting to know Mike and Donna has been a privilege and we join in offering our deepest condolences on Mike's death. Fondly, Stephanie and Robert Manis
January 8, 2016
So sorry the cousin i liked so much is gone. I had very little time with him on this plain, but it was great. Love to Donna and family. Roddy Ledlie
Roddy Ledlie
January 8, 2016
If you know an Egan, you know someone of class, character, service and humility. Thanks to this man for leaving the world better than he found it. Thoughts and prayers are with the whole family through this time of great sorrow and special celebration for a job well done.
Kevin Sims
January 8, 2016
It was an honor to know and work with Mike in the Republican trenches over the meany years. Still remember his chairing Republican state conventions. He will be remembered as a true friend to us all.

Bob Tully, Savannah
January 8, 2016
RIP, God bless you and the Egan family.
Senator Gloria Butler
January 8, 2016
Mike Egan was a fine man, an admirable public servant, and a valued personal friend. Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
January 8, 2016
Deepest sympathy to the family of a great man
Sen George Warren R 43
January 8, 2016
I appreciated knowing Mike at Sutherland and our discussions when I entered politics. A highlight was getting to be on a panel with Mike, Stacey Abrams, and Scott Holcomb (all fellow SAB alums) in 2011. He was a great man and a great leader. Briley and I send our condolences to the Egan family.
Elena Parent
January 8, 2016
I had the pleasure of being his "seat mate" while serving in the Senate.. Despite our personality differences and being of different parties, we always had a respectful and cordial relationship. He was a true, intelligent, and classy gentleman.
Cathey Steinberg
January 8, 2016
It was an honor to know and serve in the Senate with such a prince of a man. Farewell my friend.
Wayne Garner
January 8, 2016
I very much respected Mike as a fair minded legislator. I was honored to have served with him through the many years I was in the Senate.
The world is a better place because Michael Egan past our way.
John C. Foster
January 8, 2016
To the entire Egan Family,Mike left a legacy for all Republicans,Democrats and others to emulate.
Carol&Paul Muldawer
January 8, 2016
I was the assistant to four Mayors of Atlanta. In that capacity I got to know Mike Egan and to respect him most highly. He was one of those rare ones....what is the right thing to do....not what is the politic thing to do...was his way of doing business. He represented the very best in public service. His is a great legacy.

George Berry
January 7, 2016
A great man and an outstanding principled leader who will be missed.
Sam Olens
January 7, 2016
A true gentleman.
Valerie Betz
January 7, 2016
Condolences to an Atlanta icon. I life well-lived. One of the first names that comes to mind when you hear "Atlanta Blue Blood". A man of tireless service and lasting contributions to this city. Thinking of all we know in the Egan family.
~~ From Bob, Kevin, & Griff Sims
January 7, 2016
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