OBITUARY

Theodore Fayne (Ted) Hegeman, M.D.

February 11, 1945November 12, 2021

Theodore Fayne Hegeman (Ted) age 76 died Friday, November 12th at home with his wife Linda, children, granddaughter, and loyal dog, Annie by his side, after living courageously with cancer for almost three years. Ted was born in Indianapolis on February 11, 1945 to Mary Jane Bauermeister Hegeman and Fayne Theodore Hegeman. Ted grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he graduated from Wiley High School, Class of 1962, before matriculating to DePauw University, Class of 1966. He married Linda Mills Hegeman on August 13, 1966.

Ted went on to graduate from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1970 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical society and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Indiana University Hospitals. Ted worked in the Methodist Hospital Emergency Room for three years before finishing his fellowship in nephrology at Methodist. He was a partner, as well as President & CEO (1996-2003), of Nephrology and Internal Medicine from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. He also served as the Medical Director of the Dialysis Institutes of Indiana from 1981-1995. Ted obtained an MBA in 1995, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of South Florida.

Ted reread one of his favorite books, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, a few weeks before his death. This book seems fitting: the title character surmounts confinement and diminished circumstances by devoting himself to caring for others and enjoying simple pleasures with the belief that "whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well."

Ted and Linda valued good food, good wine, and dining with family and good friends. They attended cooking classes with Guilliana Bugialli in Florence, practicing their new recipes by giving dinner parties to support many organizations close to their hearts, especially Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. When Ted retired in 2007, he took over much of the cooking at home with Ina Garten by his side. Pre-Covid, Ted volunteered weekly serving people in need at the Indianapolis Archdiocese Crisis Office.

A former medical partner when asked to characterize Ted, replied that "If I could summarize in one sentence: 'Ted was a man of uncompromising professional and personal integrity.' In addition, while he held himself to the highest standard as a physician, he was always respectful of all with whom he worked, was an excellent and fair-minded problem solver, and had a great, if sometimes subtle, sense of humor. It was also clear that he was truly devoted to his family."

Ted is survived by Linda, his wife of 55 years, three children and their spouses: Emily and Mike Cavanagh, Mary and Jelyo Jelev, and Joe and Jaime Hegeman; and six grandchildren: Hanna Cavanagh, Teddy Cavanagh, Henry Cavanagh, Madeline Hegeman, Noah Hegeman, and Daniel Jelev.

The family would like to thank Ted’s physicians, nurses, and other caregivers who provided compassionate care throughout his illness. Ted and Linda are grateful for the many friends who acknowledged his illness and came bearing support whether in prayer, in a message, or with food or flowers at the front door.

Family and friends will gather on Friday, November 26th, for visitation at 10 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM, at Our Lady of Peace Chapel, 9001 Haverstick Rd, Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, Ted asked that donations be made to Doctors without Borders: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/secure/donate.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/indianapolis-in/theodore-hegeman-10445649 or www.leppertmortuary.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, November 26, 2021

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Theodore Fayne (Ted) Hegeman, M.D.

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Lynda/David Cook

November 29, 2021

Dear Linda and Family,

We were very sorry to hear of Ted's passing. We know you all would have been a tremendous support for him. We have fond memories of you both and those memories go back many years. Our thoughts and condolences are with you.

David and Lynda Cook

Judith Tribble

November 24, 2021

To: Dr, Hegeman’s wife and family, I am so sorry to hear about the death of Dr. Hegeman. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I first met Dr. Hegeman in the summer of ?1964 at Indiana State University when we both were in a Histology Class together, he was my lab partner. At that time I called him Teddy, he was very kind and helped me out tremendously in class.
Ironically, our next meeting was in 1994 when I started working as a RN at Methodist Hospital on the Metabolic Unit B5C5. I thought it was so amusing to approach him and say, “do you remember me? I remember you!” He said, “no I don’t think I do!” I proceeded to tell him about being his lab partner at ISU, we both laughed.
Family, I just wanted to share this story with
with you. May God bless you all, Judy Tribble

Steve Smith

November 23, 2021

As Ted's online personal trainer this past year I witnessed what it means to be well. I know there were many days when Ted's energy was waning, but he showed up with a smile and did sets of stairs, got down on the floor for push ups and bridges, counted the seconds standing on one leg, climbed hills on the recumbent bike... His determination to be well touched many. I 'm sure Annie appreciated her walks and Linda the great cooking. Thank you Ted for this indelible lesson.

Barry Adelman

November 22, 2021

Ted was intelligent, humorous, serious, caring and sincere; he was a man of integrity; simply put, he was (what the world needs more of) a “good guy.” About 10 days ago, while visiting Terre Haute, I recalled an evening from over 50 years ago, when Ted and I were on a hill overlooking the town (a slight exaggeration as there are no hills near Terre Haute high enough to “overlook” it) sprawled out on the hoods of our cars sharing a six pack and discussing for hours life in general and whatever else came to mind. What an incredible and special night and an equally incredible, special and indelible memory. Ted was, and always will be, a best friend, and even more than that family. Ted, you are much loved and will be truly missed.

Dan Miller

November 22, 2021

so sorry to read that Dr. Hegeman had passed away, as I'm sure all of his coworkers at dialysis must feel. I remember and was impressed with how patient and gentle he was with me, the other staff and the clients. His humor made me smile and laugh so many times when situations were somber and I needed some comic relief! I just enjoyed listening to him. Probably could have done well as a vaudville actor! At the same time, he was a great physician and teacher. Once when I needed some cheering up I remember he suggested I listen to the new Paul Simon album, Graceland-- he was right, again. What a good guy .

Evan Lehman MD

November 21, 2021

My sincere condolences to you, Linda, and to your family for the loss of Ted. Ted and I also had a professional relationship in that we shared some patients when I practiced OBGYN in Indianapolis years ago.

I always knew Ted to be a gentleman and fine physician. Due other commitments, I am unable to attend the rites.

Sincerely,
Evan L Lehman, MD

Joan Yahwak

November 21, 2021

Dr. Hegeman was the epitome of kindness to everyone. I’m so sorry for your loss Linda; may God hold you and your family in the palm of His hand during this time of sadness.

Ron Calkins

November 21, 2021

This brings love, deepest sympathy, and assurance of prayers for you, for your family, and for all who love Ted. I share your grief which in the Christian Family has a connotation of a life well-lived, as faith kept, and the Church Triumphant attained,

You already are experiencing that Peace which passes all understanding, given by the Father-Creator, the Savior Son, and the Sustaining Holy Spirit. That and the memories of happier days will keep you and sustain you. Much love. Ron Calkins

Stephen Pollom

November 21, 2021

Linda I am so sorry to hear about Ted’s passing. He was a doctors doctor. I was a medicine resident when he worked in the ER. I have fond memories of those days. We worked as colleagues and friends for many years. I was not aware of the cancer struggles. My thoughts are with you and your family. Steve and Connie Pollom.

Ralph Tyler

November 21, 2021

I remember when he was a teenager. My mother Nellie Tyler sort of helped raise him when she worked for his family. My deepest sympathies for his family.

FROM THE FAMILY