[Faculty] The passing of Professor Emeritus W. Mack Dugger Jr.

chancellor at ucr.edu chancellor at ucr.edu
Wed Jan 14 15:11:34 PST 2009

Dear Campus Community,

	I write to regretfully inform you that longtime professor and Dean
of UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Dr. W. Mack Dugger,
Jr. passed away at his home in Riverside on December 26, 2008.

	A plant physiologist, Dr. Dugger came to UCR’s Statewide Air
Pollution Research Center in 1960 from the agricultural experiment station
at the University of Florida.  Three years later he became Professor of
Botany and, in 1964, Chair of the Life Sciences Dept. here on campus.

	When UCR’s Biology Dept. was taken out of the College of Letters and
Sciences in 1968 and combined with the Citrus Experiment Station and the
Agriculture Research Center, it created a single college of Biological and
Agricultural Sciences.  As the first Dean of this college, Dr, Dugger guided
the campus through a difficult merger of the then-Life Sciences Dept. with
the research and teaching activities of the Citrus Experiment Station.
  Rapid expansion followed, with the college’s enrollment tripling in its
first three years. 
	In 1974, under his careful stewardship, the physical sciences were
folded into the college to create a unique melding of physical and
biological sciences with agriculture, resulting in the College of Natural
and Agricultural Sciences.  As a major architect of the UCR’s newest
college, his influence affected the campus in fundamental, lasting ways.  

	He served as Dean from 1968 until 1981, when he returned to teaching
and research in the Dept. of Botany and Plant Sciences.  It was at this time
that he was recognized by Chancellor Tomas Rivera for his “many and
substantial contributions” to the university.

	After retiring in 1990, he remained an active scientist and
researcher, as well as mentoring graduate students.  He will be remembered
particularly for his work with plant irrigation systems and published
research on the subject of Boron.  Additionally, Dr. Dugger was honored with
UCR’s prestigious Emeritus Faculty Award for 1996-97.  He was preceded in
death by his beloved wife Dot, and is survived by his son Thomas and
daughter Lucinda, and three granddaughters.  Donations in his memory may be
sent to the UCR Botanic Gardens.


Timothy P. White

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