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Jerome L. Duggan, retired Regents Professor of physics

Jerome DugganJerome Duggan, 81, a retired Regents Professor of physics, died Aug. 31 in Denton.

He served 39 years on the physics faculty from 1973 until he retired in 2012.

He was an assistant professor at the University of Georgia from 1961 to 1963 and then became a staff member at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities before coming to UNT. 

During his career he was awarded the UNT President’s Award in 1987. He was awarded a special medal at the 1995 meeting of the Particle Induced X-Ray Emission Conference in Padua, Italy, and was made a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2000. He published more than 200 journal articles and many book chapters.

In 1968, Duggan started the International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry to emphasize the industrial application of particle accelerators. Duggan served as the conference chair emeritus for the 23rd conference, which took place in  May in San Antonio. More than 500 people from more than 50 countries attended.

He mentored 15 doctoral students, 20 masters students and countless undergraduates during his career.

He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNT in physics and mathematics and received a doctorate from Louisiana State University in physics in 1961.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bach Duggan, a sister, four children and six grandchildren.

Donations can be made to: the Dr. Jerome L. Duggan Memorial Scholarship in Physics at the UNT Foundation, 1155 Union Circle No. 311250, Denton, TX 76203 or donate online.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 2000 Pennsylvania Drive in Denton.

Posted on: Thu 04 September 2014

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