Nov 23, 2019

Nan Brennan MPHS 66 Rest in Peace

I am very sorry to pass along this information from Mary Caroline Baker Hunt '66:

To those who didn't hear the sad news that Nan Brennan, MPHS '66, died October 7th, 2019. Her memorial mass was today, November 16th at the very beautiful Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic church. Burial was in Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery in Alsip in the Brennan family plot. JB Fournier, Nan's husband of 44 years, and many family members and friends from their active life in downtown Chicago where they lived for decades participated in the ceremonies.

I sat behind Nan in countless classes over the years, always admiring her magnificent gleaming black hair as well as her twinkling eyes and good nature. We kept in touch sporadically over the years, at Christmas and at some of my book signings, and also engaged in the occasional amicable political disagreement.

I am sad that she is gone.

Taffy Cannon, June '66
Carlsbad, California

So sorry to hear.  

Tom Schildhouse


Sorry to hear it. She was a very nice person. Her family are in our prayers.

Craig Hullinger


Nan was sweet, humble, and thoughtful - with wit and a (mischievous) sense of humor. She was loyal to her family, her friends and her faith, which sustained her and kept true her remarkable moral compass. I never knew Nan to speak unkindly about anyone. She was very realistic, but kind.  

Nan was notably unusual in that she didn’t jump to conclusions about issues.  She was fair and objective,  even about subjects where emotions usually rule.  She methodically read, researched and processed complex facts with her prodigious mind and common sense, separating fact from emotion in everything from hot politics to coming up with the most logical, well informed path forward in difficult, complicated situations.  She possessed the most remarkable and brilliant mind.  This lovely person was the only true genius I have ever known, our friendship a blessing beyond measure.

Nan never called attention to herself.  She neither thought of herself nor hesitated to go to the ends of the earth for those she loved, using herself up in service to others, counting on her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and the origin of her desire to love and serve.  

She will be remembered and missed by many.

Mary Caroline


So sorry to hear of her passing

Ron McComb


I remember Nancy from high school, but, I'm sorry to say, I never knew her. 

Such a lovely, moving tribute.

My sympathy goes out to her friends ad family.

Pam Smith Morrissey 


Thank you, Taffy, for letting us know about Nan's death. She was such a darling girl and a pleasure to know in HS.

Ginny Michet Scanlan

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