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Nancy C. Flowers, M.D.
9/28/1928 to 3/15/2017

Nancy Flowers was born in McComb, MS to Mary Lee Gunter and Joseph Carruth Flowers on September 28, 1928. Her early schooling was mostly in Jackson, MS, and she graduated from the Greenwood Mississippi High School. She went from graduation from the Mississippi University for Women in 1954 to obtain training in Physical Therapy at the Medical College of Virginia before teaching at the Tallahatchie High School in the Mississippi Delta. From there she went to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine to obtain her MD in 1958. After her internship in Roanoke, VA and residency in Internal Medicine in Beckley, WV, she returned to the University of Tennessee in Memphis for a postgraduate fellowship in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. It was here she would meet a handsome gentleman, Dr. Leo G. Horan, serving as the Associate Professor of Medicine with whom she would fall in love, marry and live an amazing love story for nearly 53 years.

Dr. Nancy Flowers pursued a career in academic medicine: teaching, research and clinical practice serving at the University of Tennessee, the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Louisville. She contributed to the scientific understanding of the distribution of the heart's electrical signal over the body including especially the noninvasive detection of the tiny signal of the bundle of His. She authored over 180 professional publications, many co-authored with her husband, Dr. Leo G. Horan. She received a lifetime achievement award from the University of Tennessee Medical School and she was the first female president of the Association of University Cardiologists. More importantly, she was an extraordinary wife, mother and friend. She lived her life full of joy and had a wonderful sense of humor.

She continued to work with the interpretation of electrocardiograms and monitored heart recordings through her part-time appointment at the University of Kentucky up until the age of 88 at which time she sustained an injury fracturing her left hip and elbow. She died while convalescing with her family. Losing Nancy the world is a bit less shiny but remembering her our hearts beam brightly.
Dr. Nancy C. Flowers Horan is survived by her husband, Leo G. Horan, MD; her daughters, Melissa Tracey Horan Rensel and Carolyn Paige LoPour and granddaughter, Sarah Rensel of Albuquerque; and by her son, David Horan of Memphis, TN and granddaughter, Morgan Horan of Silver Springs, MD.

Services will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montano Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. A reception will immediately follow in the Fellowship Hall.

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