CMDR Richard F. Dugan Jr., 81, Little Compton


CMDR Richard F. Dugan Jr. USN (retired), 81, of Little Compton, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. He was the loving husband of Patricia Ann (McGill) Dugan to whom he had been married for 56 years.

Born in Newport on July 20, 1932, he was the son of the late Col. Richard F. Dugan, USA and Kathryn (Lawton) Dugan.

Dick was educated in the Newport School system through his sophomore year at Rogers High School, after which he and his mother joined his father at Fort Bragg, NC., where he graduated from Fayetteville High School. He received his bachelors degree and his commission in the Navy from the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., and his masters degree from Bryant College.

During his years in the Navy, Dick received many awards and medals, but was most proud of the Bronze Star with “Combat V” for his service in Vietnam.

When he returned from Vietnam, he and his family resided in Newport, where he coached in the Newport National Little League.

After retiring from the Navy, he worked for Logicon and then joined the faculty at Johnson & Wales where he taught economics. He and his family then moved to Portsmouth, where he coached and ultimately became president of the Portsmouth Babe Ruth League. He was also a long-time member and president of the Portsmouth High School Athletic Boosters Association and one of the “chain gang."

He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Little Compton, the American Legion Post 37 in Little Compton, and also a member of the MOAA, DAV, VFW and the FRA.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Richard F. Dugan III of Montana, Kevin P. Dugan USMC Ret and his wife Lisa of South Carolina, Raymond M. Dugan and his wife Alison of Somerset, Mass., and Sean M. Dugan and his wife Cheryl of Bristol; and nine grandchildren, a nephew, three nieces and his faithful companion, his dog Mackenzie. He was the brother of the late Cathleen “Kay” O'Connell and Mary Malone, who were both from Newport.

Calling hours were held on Sunday, Sept. 8,, from 4-7 p.m. in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth. His funeral was Monday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m., from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10, in St. Catherine's Church, 74 Simmons Road, Little Compton.

Burial, with military honors, was in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Willow Avenue, Little Compton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Robert Potter League for Animals PO Box 812 Newport, RI 02840, or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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