Brigid Ann Scanlan Eiynck August 2, 1951 - August 23, 2018

Age 67, of Saint Paul and Lakeshore, died comfortably at home in Saint Paul surrounded by her loving Family after succumbing to complications of Myelofibrosis. She attended Visitation Convent, Our Lady of Peace and Loretta Heights College in Colorado. Brigid married Dennis Jerome Eiynck in 1971. After having met at the Blazer in Nisswa, MN in 1966, they embarked on a wonderful journey of adventure, friendship and love. Brigid was preceded in death by her Father, Dennis R. Scanlan, Jr., her Mother, Peggy Ann (Conway) Scanlan, and her Brother Nicholas Patrick Scanlan. She is survived by her husband Dennis, her two children, Moira and Justin (Tabitha), her four grandchildren, Alex, Kayla, and Veda Bowlin and Zoe Wakefield, one great grandchild, Carter Michael Bowlin, her brothers and sisters, Denny (Caron), Tim (Mary), Joe (Kim), Kate, Brian (Betty), Jimmy, Maggie and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Brigid was warm, caring, generous, humorous, intelligent, lively, energetic, loving and loved by everyone. Her love of travel, literature and nature was fueled by her love of beauty in all forms. Brigid’s battle with Myelofibrosis was private and courageous … and she never let it shadow her lifelong passion to live life to its fullest and help everyone in need. She was a visionary, fierce and dedicated to her work at the Family Company Scanlan International which she joined in 1976. For over 42 years she worked hand-in-hand with industry leading Surgeons and OR professionals around the world to design and develop the highest quality, precision instrumentation for life saving surgical procedures.  Brigid managed the Manufacturing of these instruments and worked closely with several instrument artisans to ensure each handmade instrument was a statement of perfection.  She also loved supporting hundreds of Surgeons who were performing compassion surgery around the globe … where life saving surgeries were not an option. Donations of surgical instrumentation to these groups allowed everything from heart surgeries to reconstructive surgeries – helping countless adults and children lead happy, normal lives. She also supported Surgeon & Nurse organizations through programs & scholarships to further education and help young medical students achieve their dreams. Her lifetime of love for helping others was apparent at every surgical meeting she attended. Every Surgeon and every Nurse knew and loved Brigid.  She proudly represented her Grandfather’s dream that began in 1921 … to make the “Highest Quality Surgical Products” and was dedicated to teaching that passion to everyone she worked with.  Although Brigid has left us, her amazing spirit, zest for life, perpetual energy and amazing smile will live with us forever.  Memorials may be directed to The Thoracic Surgery Foundation and the Carolyn E. Reed Travelling Fellowship, which Brigid helped to develop through a partnership between Women in Thoracic Surgery and Scanlan International.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 29 at the Church of St. Thomas More, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 PM Tuesday at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul.


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    MaryAnne Gerken Bentivegna says

    I was so sorry and sad to hear of Brigid’s death from Kay Ball PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, FAAN. It has been almost 10 years since I last went to the AORN Congress (before they renamed it the Expo) in 2009 (right before I filed for divorce & custody of my 2 kids), but had been going annually. (Perhaps I will attend the Expo soon since my daughter graduated HS last year & my son will graduate HS this year.) I had gone to the 42nd Congress in Atlanta in 1995, 45th Congress in Orlando in 1998, 2003 in Chicago, 2004 in San Diego when I was Chapter President, 2005 in New Orleans before the Hurricane, 2006 in DC, 2007 in Orlando, & 2009 in Chicago. Of course I always stopped in at the Scanlan booth, I even just located several of my Scanlan Instruments Official AORN Commemorative Charms. This picture is just as I remember Brigid. I remember talking with her at your booth each year & perhaps even at a party and she was always very friendly. You all have my sympathy, Brigid will be fondly remembered by many for years to come.


    MaryAnne G. Bentivegna BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA Cell-614-354-8704
    Central Ohio AORN Webmaster
    A O R N – Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

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    Paula Blue, RN, CNOR, AORN says

    My sincere condolences to Brigid’s family and Scanlan family. She was a force of

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