Fagan’s interests in history and the arts ignited at a The Hammonasset School, a private arts high school on Connecticut’s shoreline (Madison, CT). At age 21, Fagan became a Chicagoan. She had a successful career, first as an editor/writer in publishing (Rand McNally, Skokie, IL), then working on websites. In her spare time, Fagan attended film classes (Art Institute of Chicago) and writing workshops (University of Chicago). She continues to take photographs.
Fagan has deep family roots in the Badger State. In fall, 2014, following her husband’s sudden death, Fagan moved to Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. She began volunteering at the Cedarburg Art Museum and at Mequon Nature Preserve. Her deep knowledge of film led to a proposal for a classic-film series at Cedarburg Art Museum. Her natural writing ability led to a column in the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve.
Fagan is a lifelong music fan and historian. She was puzzled by references to early blues recordings made in Grafton, WI, in Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues, the director’s 2003 series and companion book. Neither Fagan nor any family members had ever heard of such a thing in Ozaukee County. As the story of the Wisconsin Chair Company and Paramount Records began to unfold, Ozaukee County’s vital role in music history was rediscovered. Popular music owes a great debt to that nearly forgotten little studio on the Milwaukee River. Fagan is gratified to witness the Paramount Records legacy gaining the respect it has so long deserved.
Fagan now lives near Lake Michigan with two cats and a German Shepherd named Rosie. Since December, 2015, Fagan has been a part-time associate at The Home Depot (Grafton, WI).