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Ferdinand C. “Doc” Dugan III

Ferdinand C. “Doc” Dugan III

HAGUE—Ferdinand C. “Doc” Dugan III of Hague, born July 13, 1933, in Catonsville, Md., was called home to the Dear Lord August 15, 2021, with his loving wife, Bobbie M. Dugan by his side.

Doc is preceded in death by his father, Ferdinand C. Dugan II; his mother, Mary MacDonald Macgill; his first love (wife) of 31 years Jane Stevens Dugan; and his sister, Mary Macgill Dugan Shipley of Catonsville, Md.

Doc is survived by his second love (wife) of 31 years Bobbie M. Dugan; his sister, Annie Campbell Dugan of Massachusetts; and his six children, Ferdinand C. Dugan IV of California, Jane T. Dugan of Maryland, Mary Macgill Dugan Antor (Sandy) of North Carolina, Jennifer S. Land (Joseph) of North Carolian; Patrick C. Dugan (Annie) of Maryland and Philip S. Dugan (Kara) of Maryland; 30 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and faithful dog, Ringo.

Upon Doc’s graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1957, he earned his “wings” as a Naval Aviator in Kingsville, Texas, in 1959. In 1961, Doc shifted from flying to the “sea going” Navy and served in destroyers while at sea, and as a communications sub-specialist while ashore.

He is a Vietnam War veteran, where he served as chief staff officer for the Naval Gunfire Support Commander during the Tet Offensive in 1967-1968. Captain Dugan later commanded the destroyer USS Johnston (DD 821) out of Philadelphia, and in 1976-1979, commanded the U.S. Naval Communications Station in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Upon his retirement in 1984, after 26 1/2 years of service, Captain Dugan joined System Planning Corporation (SPC) in Arlington, where he provided contract support to the National Command Authorities, Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In 1996, Doc retired from SPC and purchased the Left Bank Gallery in Hague where he spent his time custom framing, selling art and pursuing his passion of painting. Doc was a huge part of the Northern Neck community as he served as president of The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), president of the Northern Neck Christian’s Men’s Group, on the board of directors of the Westmoreland Social Services Department, chairman of the Westmoreland County 350 Anniversary Celebration Commission, chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee, as well as an active member of the Westmoreland County Lions Club, Medical Advisory Council and Chamber of Commerce.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 27, at Welch Funeral Home-Marks Chapel.

A Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 28, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 7070 Nomini Hall Road Hague, VA 22469.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 28, at Warsaw Baptist Church, 226 Main Street Warsaw, VA 22572.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Doc’s name to the building committee of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Hague.

Rappahannock Record Staff
Rappahannock Record Staff
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