Dr. James F. Cahalan

Born in Fort Wayne, IN on July 5, 1945

Departed on June 1, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Age 70, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away after a lengthy illness on June 1, 2016.

Dr. Cahalan was fluent in seven languages and had a gift of communicating with others. His fluency in foreign languages stems from his years of study at a private boarding school in Europe. Travelling back and forth from his native United States to Europe for his studies he regularly embarked on a three-week-long cruise across the Atlantic. Prior to entering into his undergraduate studies he broke previous records when he sat for his entrance examinations. When recalling his legacy it could easily be said that he had a keen intellect, a thirst for knowledge, and a tremendous work ethic; however, he manifested a kind and gentle spirit to all he encountered.

James enjoyed the companionship of cats and dogs, and birdwatching was a favorite pastime. He also enjoyed drifting through the notes of many classical pieces of music. James had an insatiable appetite and a vast knowledge of history. Collecting books was another hobby of his, and occasionally he would acquire some rarities. He collected many works relating to the founding and subsequent growth of Unitarianism, many of which he donated to Harvard University’s Unitarian Collection. James’ final expedition was a pilgrimage to the Unitarian Universalists Headquarters in Boston, MA.

He was an avid bridge player and often played in tournaments. The Vanderbilt Bridge Center was his regular venue for card play. He was preceded in death by both of his parents; however, he leaves behind his loving wife of 12 years, Dr. Barbara O’Conner Cahalan; stepson, Rigel Humphrey; sister, Nancy Green; three nieces; brother-in-law, Mike O’Conner; sister-in-law, Anne O’Conner; two dogs; and one cat.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Cahalan’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org

615-824-3855 hendersonvillefh.com

*A private Life Celebration has already been held in honor of Dr. Cahalan.*

One Comment to Dr. James F. Cahalan

  1. Lewis Laska
    June 17, 2016 4:51 am

    Hello Barbara: I’m sorry to hear the news of Jack Cahalan’s death. While I did not know him, I’m sure this is a tough time for you and I want you to know that I would like to offer you any comfort that I can. Frankly, I did not know you were even living in the Nashville area. I had the notion that you had moved back to Indiana. Please get in touch with me at your convenience and we can meet for lunch or something. I’m still at TSU, barely. I really want to retire, but I’m actually scared to do so! I have a steady girlfriend (house mate), a cat, and some of the strangest troubles imaginable. I just moved to Madison. Again, I am sorry to hear about the death of your husband, and let me know if there is anything I can say or do to make you feel better. Very best regards, Lewis Laska (615) 491-2928

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