PROFESSOR J. R. DUGGAN, A.M., M.D., Ph.D.
(From the Wake Forest Student of January, 1888)
Dr. James R. Duggan, Professor of Chemistry in Wake Forest
College, died at Wake Forest, Sunday, January 8, 1888, just as the sun
was rising. He had been ill for several weeks, prostrated at first by
typho-malarial fever, which was followed by pneumonia; and when
this last was mastered, meningitis came and was the immediate cause
of his death. His heroic young wife was at his side, as were also his
father and brother. lie had been unconscious for more than a week,
and passed away so quietly that no one could say at what moment he
ceased to breathe.
Dr. Duggan was born November 14, 1859, in Washington County.
Georgia. Early in life he showed a distinct bias toward scientific
studies. He seems to have been a natural anatomist, the children in
their play calling him "Doctor." He entered the freshman class of
Mercer University at the tender age of thirteen, and when but fourteen
presented as the required composition a paper in the anatomy of the
heart which astonished the professor. When he graduated in 1877,
with the degreee of A.M., the President announced that he had missed
no college duty during the whole four years of his connection with the
institution. In 1879, when he was as yet but twenty years of age, lie
received the degree of M.D. from the Jefferson Medical College of
Philadelphia. He entered at once upon the practice of medicine, in
Macon, Georgia, which he continued for about two and a half years.
During this time he evidenced his fondness for original work by the
publication of a pamphlet of some one hundred pages on the mineral
springs of Georgia.
Entering Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in the fall of 1881,
he became a Scholar in 1882; the year following he was made a
Fellow in Chemistry, and obtained the degree of Ph.D. in 1884. Down
to the time of his call to Wake Forest in 1886, he remained a Fellow
of that University, the latter part of the time a Fellow by courtesy.
Accounts of his original investigations have appeared in various
scientific journals of this country, and received foreign recognition in
his election to membership in the Chemical Society of Germany.
The Trustees of Wake Forest College elected him Professor of
Chemistry July 30. 1886. At once after entering upon the duties of