Dr Brian Charles Torgerson

Dr Brian Charles Torgerson

Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 4 Feb 2012 (aged 61)
Vass, Moore County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Tramway, Lee County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 84555568 · View Source
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Dr. Brian Charles Torgerson, age 61, of Vass, NC died Saturday, February 4, 2012, at his residence.

Dr. Torgerson was born in Austin, MN. the son of the late Vance Torgerson and Muriel Sass Torgerson. He practiced Internal Medicine for 37 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in June 1972 and received a Masters Degree in Metallurgical Engineering in December 1973. He earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in June 1978. He was board certified in Internal Medicine. He was admitted to the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society in 1971. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving as Chief of Emergency Medicine at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. He was awarded The US Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service in August 1988. Dr. Torgerson was a member of the school board at Grace Christian School since June 2001 and for the past several years served as Chairman. He was a member of the medical staff at Central Carolina Hospital for many years. His service included Chief of Staff from June 2003 to December 2004. He was a Founder and board member of Project ICU. He was passionate about medical missions in the Dominican Republic. He was devoted to his wife of 37 years, Candace, and deeply loved his family and many friends. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, reader and enjoyed discussing politics. He will be remembered for his personal care of and concern for his patients and their families. All whom he touched will always remember his delightful sense of humor. Surviving relatives are wife Candace Julson Torgerson, Vass, NC. Son; Erik Torgerson of Vass, NC. Daughters; Sara Torgerson Oborne and husband Matthew of Flower Mound, TX. and Lindsey Torgerson of Vass, NC. Brothers; Dr. Stuart Torgerson and wife Crescence of Springfield, IL. and James Torgerson and wife Mary Ann of Fountain Hills, AZ. Aunt; Dorothy Smith of Glens Falls, NY. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Two Grandchilden; Noah Oborne and Jonah Oborne.

Visitation will be held at Grace Chapel Church on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Service will be conducted at Grace Chapel Church on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM by Dr. Rudy Holland, Rev. Joel Murr and Rev. Tim Murr officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Grace Christian School, 2601 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Sanford, NC 27332 or Project ICU Medical Missions, PO Box 4713, Sanford, NC 27331.

Grace Chapel community pays tribute to Dr. Torgerson
Torgerson Gymnasium named in his honor
Feb. 08, 2013

Brian Torgerson, long-time chairman of the Grace Christian School Board, was the founder of a yearly medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic and raised funds for Grace Christian athletic facilities. Torgerson was honored on Thursday night for his years of service to the Grace Christian community.

SANFORD —Beloved family man. Passionate advocate. Follower of Christ.

These were among the words used to describe Dr. Brian Torgerson Thursday night at Grace Chapel Church, as dozens of friends and family gathered in his honor.

"In each of our own way, we'll pay tribute to how the Lord used Brian Torgerson," said Grace Chapel Church Pastor Rudy Holland. "He was a pastor's friend."

The long-time chairman of the Grace Christian School Board succumbed to cancer in February 2012 following years of service to the Grace community. His three children lettered in multiple sports before graduating from Grace Christian, inspiring Torgerson to support and expand the athletic programs, Holland said.

Torgerson is credited with helping place wood floors in the gym, expanding the concession stand, putting bleachers in and a score of other items, said Grace Christian School Headmaster Bill Carver. He acted as the unofficial basketball physician for the teams and never missed a game, long after his children graduated, Carver said. In memory of Torgerson, the Grace Christian School gym is named Torgerson Gymnasium now, with a plaque at the front entrance.

"I am very humbled," said Torgerson's wife, Candy, who serves as the school nurse. "Very humbled he was picked out to be honored."

The family became hooked on serving the school, she said. Torgerson became invested in the children's well-being as if they were his own.

"There was a real bond in how sports can help form positive character traits," Candy Torgerson said. "With a spiritual emphasis."

Torgerson is also noted for using his physician career to serve God and others, Holland said. After a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Torgerson came back changed and insisted on forming a medical mission, Holland said. The trip is now a yearly tradition for Grace, and Holland said he just returned from the Dominican where local physicians performed more than 40 surgeries, visited more than 700 patients and served an orphanage.

"All of that," Holland said, "is an outgrowth of Brian."

The service, plaque and gymnasium name are all small tributes and the least the community could do, he said.

"It is our small way of say thank you to a man that touched so many lives," Holland said.

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