Thomas Patrick 'Tom' Regan Jr.

2012-09-23T00:00:00Z 2012-09-23T06:38:05Z Thomas Patrick 'Tom' Regan Jr. The Billings Gazette
September 23, 2012 12:00 am

Thomas Patrick ‘Tom’ Regan Jr.

HELENA — Thomas Patrick “Tom” Regan Jr., died Aug. 23, 2012, in Helena. He was born in Helena on June 26, 1919, to Dr. Thomas P. Regan and Agnes W. Dickerson. He attended the University of Montana, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, then transferred to Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He left school for almost four years of military service as a staff sergeant and squadron carpenter in the U.S. Air Force in Papua, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He returned to IIT and graduated in 1948 with a degree in architecture.

While at IIT, Tom met Ann Kennedy “Pat” Regan, and they were married in 1950. In 1951, they moved to Billings, where he worked for several architects, including 22 years for the Link architectural firms. When he was in his late 50s, he became interested in long-distance running and Senior Olympics. He held the Montana Governor’s Cup Marathon record for his age group for many years and ran in the Boston Marathon in 1983. In 1981, he was third in his age group in the United States in the high jump.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; his brother, W. Dickerson; and his sister, Margaret Gans.

He is survived by his children, Kate (Dave Adams) of Duluth, Joe (Poody McLaughlin) of Missoula, Ann (Bruce White) of St. Paul, Minn., and Margaret of Helena; his sisters Ethel Palmer of Ridgefield, Conn., and Agnes Perkins of Ann Arbor, Mich.; five grandchildren, Sam and Max Dorsi, Will and Nell Adams, and Ned White; and 15 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American SIDS Institute or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Cremation and a memorial service have taken place.

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