REGAN, Dr. William,
a devoted family man, firstrate physician, military veteran and avid golfer, died October 6, 2017. He was 93. Dr. Regan was a loving husband for almost 72 years, having married his high school sweetheart, Peggy. Theirs was an exemplary romance, thriving through two wars, three children, five grandchildren and a hay ride. Their first date 77 years ago was a hay ride. Peggy hates hay rides. They haven’t been on one since. Instead, they found common ground in their love of the St. Louis Cardinals, card games and socializing with friends and family. Dr. Regan also was a caring and involved father, helping with math and science homework and often firing up the grill on Sunday evenings for family cookouts and backyard baseball games. Dr. Regan was one of Richmond’s most prominent physicians. He was born in Columbia, Missouri, graduated from the University of Missouri and earned his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He came to Richmond 64 years ago for a gastroenterology residency at McGuire Veterans Hospital and never left, instead staying to join a medical practice with Dr. Charles M. Caravati and Dr. James M. McMillan. He practiced internal medicine and gastroenterology for 40 years, garnering a loyal following of patients and colleagues. During that time, he served on the board of directors and as part of the medical leadership at both JohnstonWillis Hospital and Chippenham Medical Center. He served as president of the Richmond Academy of Medicine and was active with the Medical Society of Virginia. He also volunteered his expertise as a doctor for Collegiate School and Camp Virginia. Dr. Regan served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during World War II and as an Air Force captain during the Korean War. But when he wasn’t practicing medicine or holding family events, Dr. Regan was on the golf course. His calm and jovial demeanor belied a fierce competitor who played to win. He was a member of the Country Club of Virginia, where he also served on the board of directors. He also belonged to several golfing groups, including the Bogies, the Mulligans, the Out of Bounds and the Captains. Dr. Regan is survived by his wife, Peggy Gibson Regan; his daughter, Rebecca Keever Tolerton and her husband, Rodney Tolerton; his son, Michael Gibson Regan and his wife, Carol Regan; his daughter, Elizabeth Garner Regan and her husband, Michael Semel; his sister, Patricia Regan Brown; five grandchildren, Virginia Grace Keever, Rachel Aileen Regan, Andrew Whitfield Keever, Joseph Regan Semel and Caroline Gibson Semel; and several nephews and nieces. Please join the family for a visitation on October 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230; and for a memorial service on October 17 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Rd., Richmond, Va. 23226. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Collegiate School, 103 N. Mooreland Road, Richmond, Va. 23229, and/or The First Tee of Greater Richmond, 9211 Forest Hill Ave., Suite 104, Richmond, Va. 23235.