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Regis mourns the passing of trustee Lorraine Tegan ‘63February 2, 2012
Donna M. Norris, MD, the Chair of the Regis College Board of Trustees, has sadly announced the death of one of its members, Lorraine A. Destefano Tegan ’63. Mrs. Tegan, an alumna of the College, passed away on February 2, 2012.
“Trustee Lorraine Tegan was a very faithful member of the Regis Board and its Executive Committee,” said Norris. “She served with distinction as chair of the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee, and on behalf of the Board I offer sincere condolences to her husband John and their children, Patrice, John, Karen, and Sarah.”
Regis President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, noted that Mrs. Tegan was in the second three-year term of her service as a Trustee. “I got to know Lorraine when I was Dean of the Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, and more so when I became President last summer. Through some of those years she waged a valiant and discrete battle with illness, never letting it over ride her work for Regis, and that was an example of courage and dedication to us all.”
Both Dr. Norris and President Hays agreed that Mrs. Tegan’s commitment to Regis as an institution of higher education showed in the diligence with which she reviewed academic policies and programs and sought the good of students and faculty.
“Lorraine Tegan received her own Regis education,” President Hays added, “at a time of immense awareness of the Catholic intellectual and social justice tradition and reflected that kind of comprehension in her life. In our faith, her passing away on February 2, Candlemas, with its theme of bringing light, is touching and very fitting.”
An historian and mathematician, Mrs Tegan took her Bachelor’s degree in history and education at Regis and then went on to gain an MST in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. She was the founder and owner of Communication Technology Services in Marlboro, MA, and had been employed by the Town of Shrewsbury for a number of years as mathematics teacher and head of department. Among her honors are a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton and participation in the Harvard Education Institute at Harvard University and the Tsongas Institute at the University of Lowell as well as the Peter Farrelly Teaching Award (1993).
The family maintains homes in Boston and on Nantucket, often offering hospitality to Regis alumni. All funeral arrangements have not yet been fully confirmed but will include a wake in the late afternoon and early evening on Monday, February 6, in the Fine Arts Center Atrium on the Regis College campus, and a funeral liturgy at 11 a.m. on February 7 in College Hall Chapel at Regis.