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Steven C. Fanning

February 17, 1947 May 15, 2018
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Steven C. Fanning, Ph.D, 71, historian specializing in late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and mysticism, died Tue., May 15, 2018, at his Oak Park home from prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

He retired from University of Illinois Chicago in 2012 after teaching more than 40 years as associate professor of medieval history. He received two Silver Circle awards for teaching excellence. His research on the history of France in the 10th and 11th Centuries resulted in the publication of A Bishop and His World: Hubert of Angers, 1006-1047 and co-translation of The Annals of Flodoard of Reims, 919-966.

His interest in mysticism resulted in the popular book Mystics of the Christian Tradition, the first book to bring all the various Christian mystics together in a single volume. After retirement, he worked from original church records to produce with Charles Chauncey Wells New North Church: From Birth to Death in Early Boston in 2014 about the largest church in Boston at the time of the Revolution.

After a near death experience from an asthma attack on a London street in 1988, which left him paralyzed, his recovery was considered a medical miracle achieved through energy healing he learned to do himself and with others’ healing prayers. This lead him to lecture and write about mysticism, near death experiences and spiritual healing, culminating in his last book, Adventures in Healing, published in July,2017.

He was born Feb. 17, 1947, in Weatherford, Oklahoma, where his father was a druggist. He held degrees in history from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, and his doctorate in medieval history from University of Minnesota.

Survivors include a son Soren (Susan) of Pittsburgh, and a daughter Nissa (Damian) Felton of Beijing, China, and four grandchildren: Emily Fanning and Malin, Karoline, and Jake Felton.

Visitation Saturday 3 p.m. until time of service 4 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace Episcopal Church are appreciated.

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Memorial Visitation

Saturday

19

May

3:00 PM 5/19/2018 3:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 5/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church

924 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Grace Episcopal Church
924 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

19

May

4:00 PM 5/19/2018 4:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5/19/2018 5:00:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church

924 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Grace Episcopal Church
924 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

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