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assistants in the laboratories Professor Poteat for all these years and
much later carried all the burden of instruction in this department on
his own shoulders. The subjects taught were the same in 1904-05 as in
1884-85, but the instruction had kept pace with the development of
those sciences and was such as to give the student a good cultural
knowledge of them and fit him for further study in them.
Chemistry was made a separate department beginning with the year
1886-87. On July 30 of that year the Board of Trustees had chosen J.
R. Duggan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Chemistry. Of him some
account is given in the chapter on Buildings and Grounds. At this
time, although only twenty-seven years of age, he was a graduate of
Mercer University with the degree of Master of Arts, and had won the
degree of Doctor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, and the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy' at Johns Hopkins University, having
done his major work in Chemistry. For the past four years he had
been a resident fellow' of Johns Hopkins University and consulting
chemist of a large manufacturing company. He had published papers
embodying his original investigations in the American Chemical
Journal; and' had been elected a member of a German Chemical
Society.12 He entered on his work with much enthusiasm and it was
under his, wise supervision that the Lea Laboratory was planned,
erected and equipped with apparatus, but before it was ready for
occupation he came to an untimely end on January 8, 1888. As his
successor the Board chose Dr. Charles L. Reese, at that time
connected with Johns Hopkins University, who had earned his' degree
of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg.' He
remained only until June, 1888, but he was an able instructor well
equipped for his work, and was popular with his students.
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with ample space therein for a Museum, should be erected at the earliest possible
day. And I am not without hope that it will be easy to secure the active cooperation
of the Alumni of the College in supplying that need. I submit therewith the rough
outline of a plan for a building which has commended itself to the Judgment of Prof.
Poteat. At the same time the Visiting Com. reported to the Board: "The Lea Lab. is
no longer sufficient for the School of Chem. and Biol. Indeed, it is barely sufficient
for either of these schools."
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Biblical Recorder, August 4, 1886.
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