The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA
Frank F. Fagan became the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador in March 2013, following a distinguished career in business and many years of community service.
Mr. Fagan has demonstrated a life-long commitment to the betterment of his native Province of Newfoundland and Labrador as a volunteer, humanitarian, philanthropist and business leader.
In the past, he has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Care Foundation of St. John’s; a member of the Board of EverGreen Environmental; Honorary Provincial Chair of the 2005-2008 Peter Gzowski Golf Tournament for Literacy; a founding member of Literacy Foundation; Governor for the Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame and was Honorary Chair of the 2007 Hall of Fame committee; corporate board member of Computers for Schools, Canada Board; and served as Honorary Chair for National Volunteers Week 2006.
Through his various leadership roles as Vice-President and President of the Vera Perlin Society, Secretary and Treasurer of Island Furniture, Vice-President of the Newfoundland Association for Community Living and Treasurer of the St. John’s Special Olympics Association, Mr. Fagan has been instrumental in integrating mentally-challenged persons into the workplace and the community. In the arts, he has held leadership roles with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Terra Nova Chamber Players, and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has also served with community organizations such as the Community Services Council, Waterford and Corner Brook Rotary Clubs, Canadian Diabetes Association and CNIB. Over the last 20 years, he has donated blood no less than 176 times to the Canadian Red Cross prior to 1998 and since then to Canadian Blood Services.
Mr. Fagan has been a Cub Leader, minor hockey and soccer coach, and is former Vice-President and President of the Avalon Minor Hockey Association. A founding member of the Newfoundland Chapter of the Telecom Pioneers of America, he has also served as international Chair and President of the organization, the largest social industrial volunteer organization in the world, and served on the planning committee for the Pioneers’ 100th Anniversary in 2011.
He has been honoured with the Pinnacle Award of Excellence for an Organizational Leader by the International Association Business Communicators; Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Business Person Volunteer of the Year by the St. John’s Board of Trade; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Memorial University of Newfoundland, from which he holds both a BA and MBA.
Mr. Fagan is the former Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Aliant and was a member of the Board of Directors of Bell Nordic. Prior to his retirement in 2008, he was a senior telecommunications professional, having worked in the industry for more than 46 years. In the past, he has served as a member of the Provincial Labour Standards Tribunal, and he also served as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board.
Among his leisure activities, Mr. Fagan holds a private pilot’s license, is a certified scuba diver, coastal sailor, an avid downhill skier and recreational fisherman.
Recently, he and his wife Pat established the Frank and Pat Fagan Family Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Community Leadership in the Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial University.
They also established the John J. Dwyer Memorial Bursary at the College of the North Atlantic and the Dr. Richard Fagan Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Innovative Thinking in the Biochemistry Department of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
In 2009, Mr. Fagan was honoured by the Canadian Red Cross as the recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Humanitarian of the Year Award for his outstanding humanitarian contributions and his commitment to help those in need, here in Canada and around the world.
In July 2011, His Excellency, the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced Mr. Fagan’s appointment to the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.
Since Mr. Fagan’s appointment as Lieutenant Governor, he has been invested into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and is Chancellor of the Order.
He was invested as Knight of the Most Venerable Order of St. John and installed as Vice Prior in Newfoundland and Labrador of the Most Venerable Order of St. John.
As well, Mr. Fagan was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
Patricia Fagan was born in Montreal, Quebec on March 29, 1949 to parents William Harold Dwyer of Tilting, NL and Vina Olivia “Evelyn” Martin of Little Heart’s Ease, NL. She is the middle child of seven and their first daughter. Her siblings are William, Clarence, John (deceased), Carmel, Maureen and Russell (deceased).
Mrs. Fagan was educated at St. Catherine’s High School in Grand Falls-Windsor and completed a Bachelor of Arts: Education and a Bachelor of Special Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mrs. Fagan enjoyed a very busy career teaching with the Vera Perlin School in Grand Falls-Windsor, at Sacred Heart school in Badger, Holy Trinity school in Torbay and continued to work with special needs students in the Avalon Integrated School Board until retirement in 2002.
Mrs. Fagan has been actively involved with the Association of Mentally Handicapped, serving as president of the Association in Grand Falls-Windsor and as a board member with the Provincial Association. She was also involved with the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association and served on the NLTA Status of Women Council.
She has always been a huge supporter of Mr. Fagan’s career and has shared his interest in community service and volunteerism. She has partnered with him in all of his community work including the Health Care Foundation and Telephone Pioneers of America.
The Fagans have two sons; Dr Andrew William Fagan, MD and Dr. Richard Douglas Fagan, MD, (passed away on June 14th, 2012 at age 25) and daughter Julie Alexis Fagan. They have five grandchildren.