Dr. Michael James Coogan
September 17, 1947  -  September 11, 2017

Dr. Michael James Coogan


St. Aloysius Catholic Church
2025 Stuart Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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St. Aloysius Catholic Church
2025 Stuart Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
Saturday, September 16, 2017
12:00 pm
Map & Directions  Map & Directions

Dr. Michael James Coogan, a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away at 12:50 on the afternoon of September 11, 2017.

He was an esteemed and well-respected pediatrician who loved and cared for several generations of children in the area. Born in New Orleans on September 17, 1947, he was a proud alumnus of Jesuit High School, Class of 1965, where he lettered in swimming while mentoring the young swimmers of Airline Park in Metairie. He continued his education at UNO and LSU Medical School, completing his residency at Charity Hospital. After spending a year as a country doctor in Opelousas, he moved to the capital in 1977 to establish the practice that would become Drs. Coogan, Michalik, Sessions, Drumm, and Melton, an institution that thrived for 32 years. Their dedicated work was also instrumental in the establishment of the first neo-natal unit in the city, at Woman’s Hospital, where he was honored to serve in several capacities over the years, including as the Chair of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Development Council, which envisioned a new site for the hospital and with it, a new era of healing. A lifelong and passionate teacher, he aided in developing the Pediatric Academic Clinic at Our Lady of the Lake. His tireless work ethic led him to spend his “retirement” as a medical consultant when he wasn’t spending time with his family, particularly his loving wife of 47 years, or imparting his wry sense of humor, love of wordplay, and jovial personality to all that knew him.

A lover and student of our national pastime (and huge New York Yankees fan), he was a charter member of the LSU Baseball Coaches’ Committee, and former president of the Baton Rouge Kids’ Baseball Clinic. There was no bigger enthusiast of Otis Redding or classic New Orleans R&B, and he was a deep listener and appreciator of all music. He also had a finely-tuned sense of justice and very sharp eye for details (particularly grammatical ones!). It is no surprise then that his three children, whom he adored, went on to successful careers in law, baseball, business, and music. A loyal patriot, he was extremely proud that his father and his father’s brothers all served in WWII, and as the oldest of 39 cousins, so proud to be a Coogan.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah McCarthy Coogan; his children, Megan Coogan Foco and husband Phillip Foco, Patrick Michael Coogan and wife Brooke Bramlett Coogan, and Brian Joseph Coogan; grandchildren Michael Patrick Coogan, Eleanor Shaw Foco, Anna Coogan Foco, Matthew Patrick Coogan, and Bram Stevens Coogan; sisters Ann Coogan Henry, Patricia Coogan Lambert, and Maureen Coogan Quinlan.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley James Coogan and Margaret Ann Parr Coogan; and his brother, Kevin John Coogan.

Visitation will be held at St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart Ave. Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00am until Mass at 12:00pm, and children are welcome. Private Inurnment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Michael J. Coogan ‘65 Scholarship at Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans LA 70119, and donations can be made to Catholic High School, 855 Hearthstone Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 in his name.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks and gratitude to the nurses, doctors, and staff at the General Hospital for the exceptional care they gave him.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.

And what he would say to his patients after a successful visit to the doctor, we now say as a community to him: “You did a very good job.”

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  1. C Lenoir
    Phoenix, AZ

    I'm so sorry to hear about this. Please accept my deepest condolences. May your memories warm your heart and bring a smile to your face in time. My hope is that God will give you the strength and power you need as you cope with the loss of someone so special to you. Isaiah 40:29

  2. Carolyn Schof
    Kenner, LA

    We send our very deepest sympathy to Dr. Coogan's family at this most sorrowful time. May your memories bring you comfort and may time bring you the peace of Christ.

    God bless,
    Carolyn (Coogan) Schof and David Schof, Jr.

  3. Char Jacob
    Houston, TX

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will provide you comfort and give you strength in such a difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

  4. SUNNY MORALES
    PLAQUEMINE, LA

    I FEEL TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE GOTTEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HIS NURSE. I LEARNED MORE IN THAT SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAN I DID IN NURSING SCHOOL. THE MOST INTELLIGENT MAN I HAVE EVER MET. I WISH I HAD THE CHANCE TO TELL HIM THAT I STILL PRONOUNCE "ASK" CORRECTLY NOT "AXE" ALL BECAUSE OF HIM AND HIS LITTLE YELLOW STICKY NOTES OR THE FACT THAT HE WOULD MAKE ME REPEAT THE WORD ASK UNTIL I SAID IT CORRECTLY. YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO MRS DEBBIE, PATRICK, MEGAN, BRIAN AS WELL AS OTHER FAMILY.

  5. Laura
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Dr Coogan was such a generous and amazing man. I got the opportunity to be his nurse and love every minute of his stories and laughs. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and love ones!

  6. Dara Blackburn
    Baton Rouge, LA

    R.I.P.

  7. Brant Fowler
    Baton Rouge, LA

    See you on the other side Dr. Coogan, "YOU did a very good job!!!" 👨🏻‍⚕️

  8. Tiffany
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I want Dr. Coogan's family to know that he was the best pediatrician in the world. I doubt that I will ever find one better for my kids. I was speaking to some other parents of Dr. Coogan's former patients, and they feel the same way. We were reminiscing about how he always knew exactly what was wrong with your child even when the ER and urgent care doctors didn't. He was amazing! I will never forget him. I wish he could still be my kids' pediatrician.

  9. Kathryn DeJean Howard
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    The entire Coogan Crew has been part of my life since I was a little girl. Dr. Mike will be missed by all that knew him. My love & prayers to all of you. 🙏🏻💕

  10. Paula Schoen
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I was so disheartened to see that Dr. Coogan had passed. He was such a great pediatrician and put not only children but young parents at ease. He helped so many children and I'm glad my children were a part of that list.

  11. Cynthia Ugbogbo
    Baton Rouge, LA

    My deepest sympathy to the Coogan family.My kids Courtney & Chris were patients of Dr. Coogan from birth to 20yrs of age. He was the most compassion, professional and trustworthy person ever. He will truly be missed and always in our heart. May God bless you with strength, comfort and peace.

  12. Tricia Bauer
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I remember my first appointment with Dr. Coogan before the birth of my first daughter. I was checking him out to be sure he was ok. He understood my concerns and was very patient with my questions. My two daughters loved Dr. Coogan. The elder would talk baseball during her visits. The younger brought her daughter to this wonderful man she trusted. When I shared the news of his passing, she responded, "My childhood is officially over." Thank you, Coogan family, for sharing him with us.

  13. Aiden Wilson
    Wetumpka, AL

    When my mom told me about Dr Coogans passing I cried. He was my pediatrician and by far the best doctor I have ever been to. Dr Coogan is my inspiration to go to medical school.

  14. Laura Bosch Ferrara
    Madisonville, LA

    My deepest sympathies and prayers for the Coogan family. I have so many good memories of seeing him as a patient when I was a little girl. He was a great doctor with a wonderful bedside manner. It was also great seeing him at Catholic High band functions when I was in high school. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Kim Harris
    Baton Rouge, LA

    He saved our son's life and we will be forever grateful. He was a wonderful man and the best physician ever! He will be greatly missed. God bless.

  16. Pam Marcantel
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Deb, Megan, Patrick and Brian (Boomer),
    Our family was sadden to hear about Dr. Coogans passing. May God keep his arms around you all. The memories will forever be in your thoughts and hearts!

  17. Sara Welborn Coles
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Dr. Coogan has impacted many generations of my family: he sat next to my father-in-law in medical school (Coogan-Coles), he was my husbands pediatrician, and the same for my two boys. He always went the extra mile... from after hours visits at the office (when our son had a pocket knife accident) to Christmas Eve at his own home when we walked across the street (from my father-in-laws house) with a sick and dehydrated toddler. He was a truly kind and giving man. Our entire family has been made better because of his personal and professional generosity. You will be missed, Dr. Coogan.

  18. Debby Gaudet
    New Orleans, LA

    Although I never knew him personally, Anna and Ellie would share stories of the wonderful times they spent with their grandpa. It seems only yesterday he was there on my porch with a big smile on his face, picking up his beautiful granddaughters. So much love was in the air just within those few moments of a simple greeting.
    Knowing the heart and character of his daughter Megan and wife Debbie, its easy to see what an extraordinary man Dr. Michael James Coogan was. May his presence in Eteranl Life bring special graces some small comfort to his family in their time of need.

    Always,
    Debby Gaudet

  19. Tara Dixon
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Dear Mrs. Debbie and Megan,
    I hope you all are now crying Happy tears.I'm hoping to see Mrs. Debbie at The Box for a Big Tiger Hug. My family will continue to pray for your peace and comfort, during this trying time.
    Much Love to My lifelong friend and family,
    Tara Dixon

  20. Lizz
    B, LA

    "God is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit."

  21. Dr. George and Jeanette Bourgeois
    Opelousas, LA

    We were colleagues of Mike when he was inOpelousas. Such a fine man. Our heart and prayers go out to you

  22. Jennifer Smith Culotta
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Dear Coogan Family,
    I am so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Coogan. Y'all are such a wonderful family, and it heartbreaking to know that you lost someone that you all care about so deeply. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love,
    Jennifer Smith Culotta


  23. Pete Bush
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I always enjoyed the conversations with Doc Coogan over the many years dating back to those early LSU Baseball days as he helped Skip spread the word and help create what has become the biggest following in all of college baseball. Most fans of today don't remember what it was like in 1983 and how it took a group of strong community members like Mike Coogan to talk up the program and get people to the park. This of course pales in comparison to the many lives he touched as a physician, a community leader and a family man to his wife and kids. I'm better to have know him and I always enjoyed the quips and quick witted responses to just about anything. RIP Doc. Baton Rouge lost a great one but we are all better because you were here.

  24. Lori Bade
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Dear Members of Dr. Coogan's Family,
    In the newspaper I read of the passing of Dr. Coogan and was, like so many, very sad to learn of his passing. He was such a kind, compassionate and caring doctor for my son (who's name was also Michael). During every doctor appointment, the way he treated Michael throughout his entire life (beginning when he was 8 mos. old) was very special, filled with love and understanding. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time in your lives. Most sincerely, Lori Bade

  25. Hugh & Jan Osburn
    Anderson, SC

    Words are so inadequate at thi time. Suffice it to say, Mike will forever be in our hearts. Our prayers and love are with Debbie, Patrick, Megan, and Brian.

  26. Ana Tarajano
    Key Biscayne, FL

    Debbie my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family

  27. Becky Rushing
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Coogan's passing. He was my son's pediatrician for many years and was basically the one who diagnosed him with Muscular Dystrophy (he's now 31). Prayers for all of your family during this difficult time.

  28. Alan Hymel
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Coogan's passing.. As a child, going to the doctor was never a scary experience thanks to his politeness and humor. As I grew older, I trusted him so much that I continued to see him all the way into my 20's. My family and I send prayers and thoughts to his loved ones.

  29. Andrea Webber Bratton
    Lonoke, AR

    I am praying for all of you during this time and throughout the next several years. I pray that the Holy Spirit comfort you all in knowing he will be enjoying all the best music in Heaven- with all the Angels with his parents and Jesus. He will always be watching from above.

  30. Suzette Feugas Weydert
    Metairie,, LA

    Debbie,
    Very sorry to read of the loss of your husband Michael.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Suzette

  31. Danny Higgins
    Galveston, TX

    Thoughs and prayers go for you guys. He was a huge inspiration to a lot of us

  32. Stacey Zeringue
    Baton Rouge, LA

    This man!! So much more to me and my family than our pediatrician. The kids always looked forward to a visit with Dr. Coogan. It was always so much more than a doctor's visit. There was always a lesson to be learned. Be it grammar, or sports, or medicine, or science, he always had something to teach. He was never in a hurry to get to his next patient. And he always made this momma feel 100% confident in everything he told me when it came to the welfare of my children. He was an incredibly brilliant man with such a deep passion for what he did. We are forever grateful for you Dr. Coogan, and for being not only your patients, but your friends. You will be terribly missed.
    Dr. Coogan - You did the very BEST job!!!

  33. Thomas L Virgets
    Maurepas,, LA

    Just learned of Mike's passing with such sorrow. Please accept the Virgets' sympathy for we have always admired the Coogans. Love,Tommy

  34. Anna DeRosa
    Baton Rouge, LA

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family but especially to Maureen. May the Lord of all Comfort be with you in your grief.

  35. Peter Simmons
    New York, NY

    My husband and I met Dr. Coogan days after Katrina. As two New Yorkers we found his practice in the yellow pages while seeking a pediatrician to examine our 3-day old soon-to-be-adopted daughter. Mikes generosity of spirit and his medical expertise provided us with a solid start as parents at a very emotional and anxious time, having recently evacuated from New Orleans. There was no charge for the visit. We spent an hour with Dr. Coogan that day, but the ensuing 12 years involved frequent correspondence and updates on our family, and his. The bond he forged has held us in some way ever since, and it will no doubt persist. How lucky are we that we were able to visit with Mike on our first visit back to Baton Rouge at the end of August 2017. Our now 12-year-old was able to meet the extraordinary man who played an important role in the formation of our family. He hadnt changed a bit, and I know his presence will never really leave us, or the many people he touched.

    Peter Simmons

  36. Charlie Waltman
    Baton Rouge, LA


    So sorry for your loss. He was our family pediatrician. He was a very kind man and gentle caring Doc. Sending prayers for your family!

  37. John Collins
    Metairie, LA

    Dr. Coogan was as nice a man as one could meet. I was fortunate and blessed to know he and his son, Patrick, and remember well his presence at Tiger baseball games. My thoughts and prayers are with the Coogan family.

  38. Jennifer Moses Green
    Montclair, NJ

    Dear Debbie and other family,
    Your Mike took care of all three of our children---and by being so direct, funny, and good at his job, he took care of their mommy (me) too. All of us loved him. We moved from Baton Rouge to N.J eight years ago, so I can't tell you in person how deeply sorry we are. Suffice to say that even after all these years, the news that he's passed away makes me cry. What a lovely man, what a gifted doctor. May his memory be a blessing.
    Prayers.
    Jennifer

  39. Chris Counts
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Deepest condolences to the Coogan family. Dr. Mike was truly an outstanding person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this tough time. Sincerely Chris and Melissa Counts

  40. Paula
    Fordoche, LA

    My sincere sympathy to the Coogan family . Dr. Coogan was was a wonderful pediatrician. Both of my children loved him dearly . I cried when he told us that he was leaving his practice and I'm crying again. My son has special needs and is a difficult patient , Dr. Coogan treated him and never lost patience with him . I will never forget him . So sorry .

  41. Staci Babin & Children
    Prairieville, LA

    We are so very saddened of your loss. Dr. Coogan was the most amazing pediatrician and my children and I were so disappointed when he retired from seeing patients. My children are now in college and the military and still to this day say they wish that he could have seen them forever. He was always so kind and gentle and made them feel so comfortable in the office. He gave my son a baseball card of Patrick one visit and totally captured his heart. I don't think there will ever be another "Dr. Coogan" in this world and we are so blessed to have had him for all the years that we did. May God bless The Coogan Family

    The Babin's

  42. Keith and Pam Giardina
    Baton Rouge, LA

    How blessed we are to have been the next-door neighbors of Mike and Debbie for these many long years. A truer Southern gentleman could not be found, with a warm heart and a kind word for everyone he met. His love of his backyard and the peace and serenity it afforded him provided many outdoor over the fence talks through the years. A better neighbor no one could ask for, a better person no one could know. May you rest in peace, Mike; always in our hearts.

  43. William G Black,MS
    Ponchatoula, LA

    Mike and I shared time on the Jesuit Swim team, LSU med school and Charity- he was always a great guy and "did a good job". Prayers to his family🙏🏽

  44. Elizabeth Buras Manning
    Gonzales, LA

    Dr. Coogan was an amazing Dr and very kind to all, especially his patients. God Bless You and Rest In Peace.

  45. Susan Mathews
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Prayers for all of the Coogan Family! It brought tears to my eyes reading the best part of the obituary, "You did a very good job!", but iit also came with the most sincere smile and handshake! Hugs, kisses and prayers!

  46. Susan Mathews
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Prayers for all of the Coogan Family! It brought tears to my eyes reading the best part of the obituary, "You did a very good job!", but iit also came with the most sincere smile and handshake! Hugs, kisses and prayers!

  47. ADRIENNE FRANCOIS
    Baton Rouge, LA

    🙏&✌️ to a Pediatric Icon in Baton Rouge!
    He saved my daughter's life! Prayers & Peace to him & his family!

  48. Lisa Fellin-Lehr
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I'm so sorry for your family loss.
    Please take comfort that he was an amazing man-
    Prayers Lisa Fellin- Lehr

  49. Carmen Bova
    Walker, LA

    So sad to hear. He was my children's pediatrician from birth until college. He was a very kind and loving Doctor. I had the upmost respect for him and trusted him. So very sorry,may you have comfort in knowing how many children he helped.

  50. Jamie Wilson
    Baton Rouge, LA

    The absolute most fun times working was when I worked for Dr. Coogan & Michalik they were so good to me and my boys. Everyone in the office would say God made sure Dr. Coogan was always on city call when the sickest child of the year had to be seen. Praying for your family. Hugs Jamie Wilson

  51. Lynne Suire
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I knew Dr. Coogan as a husband to Debbie and a dad to Meagan, Patrick and Boomer. But my best interaction with Dr. Coogan came as a grandmother taking a sick child in to see him. His gift to my grandchildren came in the form of a valuable lesson. He taught them through gentle questions, to describe how they felt, what was bothering them and to give some measurement of discomfort. That lesson will travel throughout their lives with them when they have to assess their health and well-being. Dr. Coogan's ability to know a child in his care and relate to that child years later with such grace made him the wonderful physician he was. How grateful we are that he took such care of Patrick, William and Allison Riley. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  52. Dan Bourgeois
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I'll always remember Dr. Mike sharing whatever new music purchase he had made with me, whether it was a New Orleans R & B box set or an Otis album he had upgraded to CD. We shared a mutual love of Memphis music and he was responsible for getting me hooked into the Beatles. "Dan, you're a bass player, you've got to listen to Abbey Road!" I'm still listening. I have so many fond memories of the Coogan house. His passion and humor will be missed. He was one of a kind.

  53. Pam Boudreaux
    Prairieville, LA

    Dr. Coogan is my hero. When my daughter was born with a blood disease 30 years ago, he never stopped trying to find a treatment or cure. Ultimately, one year later, he discovered an article in a medical journal that led him to devise an experimental treatment plan (along with a physician from St. Jude Children's Hospital) that did indeed cure her. I am forever grateful to Dr. Coogan for his medical expertise and dedication. My condolences to the Coogan family.

  54. Clifford LeBlanc
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Remembering all those good times: Visiting in the kitchen; Playing piano and watching Boomer best me by the time he was twelve; the rafting trip when Mike and I took the kids; seeing Jerry Lee Lewis in Addis; dancing and singing to Irma when Paul Hardy was running for governor; watching Patrick plat ball at LSU; awed by Meghan's accomplishments, especially passing the bar; and on and on. Good heartaches to have. Much love to you all.

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