Speaking on the House Floor, Rep. Katko Honors the Life of Dr. Adeline Fagan

October 2, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the life of Dr. Adeline Fagan. A Central New York native, Dr. Fagan passed away on September 19, 2020 after contracting COVID-19.

Rep. Katko’s remarks can be viewed here and found below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Dr. Adeline Fagan who passed away on September 19, 2020 at the age of 28, following a courageous battle with COVID-19. 

Growing up in Central New York, Dr. Fagan always knew she wanted to practice medicine. Helping people was her passion. She was a standout student at Bishop Ludden High School— my alma mater— and went on to attend college at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After college, she attended medical school at the University at Buffalo, and graduated in 2019. 

Dr. Fagan was dedicated to serving others.  While in medical school, she traveled to Haiti four times on missions to serve those who lived in areas where access to healthcare was limited.  

Dr. Fagan later moved to Houston, Texas, to complete a residency as an OB/GYN Doctor. There, she continued to pursue her dream by working with women and delivering babies.

When COVID-19 cases began skyrocketing in the Houston area, she worked rotations in the Emergency Room.

Tragically, Dr. Fagan fell ill with COVID-19 and passed away last month. Members of our community have come together to remember her life and tremendous work as a daughter, sister, friend, and healthcare provider – and it is my honor to do so before this body now.

 Simply put, Dr. Fagan and her colleagues on the frontlines of this pandemic are heroes. Like Dr. Fagan, many healthcare providers have worked long and stressful hours, faced critical supply shortages, and sacrificed time with their families as they work to treat hundreds of patients.

Our nation owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to those on the frontlines of this pandemic. Dr. Fagan, like so many healthcare providers, selflessly worked to help others.   

Madam Speaker, I ask that my colleagues in the House join me in honoring the life of Dr. Fagan and all those who continue their service amid these challenging conditions. I also ask that my colleagues keep Dr. Fagan’s family and all those who loved her in your thoughts and prayers. She was a friend to many and dedicated to her family - her sisters Emily, Maureen, and Natalie - and her dear parents Mary Jane and Brant. May she rest in peace.