San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - December 29, 2000
Deceased Name: Cmdr. Linda Gail Regan
Linda Gail Regan's most demanding role as a naval environmental health officer was her last: an assignment in embattled Zagreb, Croatia.
As part of the United Nations protection force, the Navy lieutenant commander traveled to war-torn areas of the Croat capital in 1994 during the Bosnian War.
"Linda volunteered to go and got a lot out of that experience," said her sister-in-law, Karen Picariello. "It was the one thing she talked about most when she retired."
Cmdr. Regan, who retired in 1995 after 17 years in the Navy, died Dec. 12 at her home in Vienna, Va. She was 45.
In April 1998, five months after adopting 6- and 8-year-old children, Cmdr. Regan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
A year and a half ago, she and her family moved from Tierrasanta to Vienna, near where her husband, Kevin, was based as a commercial airline pilot.
While living in Virginia, she underwent treatment at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and was active in the Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater Washington.
Commissioned as a naval officer in May 1978, Cmdr. Regan served for the next three years at the San Diego Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park. She earned a master's degree in public health at San Diego State University.
As an environmental health officer in the Navy's medical service corps, Cmdr. Regan also served at various times in Annapolis, Md., Groton, Conn., and Washington, D.C. While working in Washington with the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, she volunteered for the Bosnian War assignment.
Her military honors included a Navy Commendation Medal, a Navy Achievement Medal and a United Nations Medal.
Returning to her San Diego home after her retirement from the military, Cmdr. Regan worked at the San Diego State University Foundation on an infant immunization initiative.
She was born in Havre, Mont., and moved as a teen-ager to Oakton, Va. After graduating from Oakton High School in 1973, she earned a bachelor's degree at East Tennessee State University.
Survivors include her husband of nine years, Kevin; a son, Jesse, 11, of Vienna, Va.; a daughter, Yvette Regan, 9, of Vienna, Va.; her father, Garland Babcock of Anchorage, Alaska; her mother and stepfather, Janice and Richard Freeman of Reno, Nev.; and sisters, Tami Bell of Anchorage, Teri Babcock of Alameda and Toni Trump of Atlanta.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington.
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