David R. Dugan, Jan. 30, 1917-March 1, 2010

Aug 29, 2015


David R. Dugan, 93, of Cleveland died March 1, 2010, after a lengthy illness.

He was born Jan. 30, 1917, son of the late David and Bessie (Chandler) Dugan.

He was the husband of Irma A. (Winkel), former Plain Dealer garden editor and the late Eleanor (Frear), elementary school teacher. He was father of Patricia (Glenn) Steinfurth of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Gary (Janet) Dugan of Huron, Tom (Sharon) Dugan of Alva, Fla., Carol Haueis of St. Anton, Austria, and the late Daniel. He was grandfather of eight, great-grandfather of six, and great-great-grandfather of one. He was the brother of the late Charles Dugan.

He was a native Clevelander, and his last residence was at Judson Park Retirement Community. Mr. Dugan was an Ohio State University graduate with a B.S. degree in agriculture. He earned his Varsity "O" on the polo team. During his college years he was a page in the Ohio Senate. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service.

His World War II armed forces service record included chief petty officer in the Navy Seabees, serving in the U.S. and China as a member of the Scouts and Raiders underwater demolition team. In 1945, as supervisor of sanitation and insect control behind enemy lines in China, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts in eradicating malaria in that area for the first time in history.

In civilian life he served as Lake County deputy nursery inspector, a Cornell University extension specialist I horticulture (pomology) and, in 1956, he became president of the family-owned and operated Dugan Nurseries, Inc., in Perry, Ohio. The wholesale nursery, consisting of more than 200 acres in Lake County, was founded by his father and uncle in 1919 and continued in operation until 1992. Specialties were trees, shrubs and other woody ornamentals.

Past presidencies include the Lake County Nurserymen's Association, Ohio Nurserymen's Association, Lake County Farm Bureau, and Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society. He was one of the founders of the IPPS in 1951. He was named a fellow of the IPPS, and received its prestigious Award of Merit. He served as chairman of the Lake County Soil Conservation District and the OSU Horticultural Council.

Mr. Dugan was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity. Among his honors were Pi Alpha Xi, the national floriculture honor society, in recognition of his contributions to the filed of ornamental horticulture in the U.S.; Gamma Sigma Delta, distinguished service; and he was awarded the title "Mr. ONA" by the Ohio Nurserymen's Association for years of service and dedication.

As a resident of Judson Park, David served as a trustee, developed a plant solarium, designed and provided plantings for the grounds, chaired the Resident Life Committee and initiated horticultural therapy group efforts.

Memorials may be forwarded to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, or to Judson Retirement Park, 2181 Ambleside Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106.

A memorial service for Mr. Dugan will be at 1 p.m. March 14 at St. Thomas Luth-eran Church, 21211 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio, with visitation prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m.