Philip Jerald Dugan


Dr. Philip Jerald Dugan, 84, former director and founder of the Cleveland and Athens Regional Cancer Centers, the Ocoee Regional Cancer Foundation, and a longtime resident of Birchwood, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021, at home with his family after a courageous one-year battle with MD Syndrome.

A native of Los Angeles, Calif., he graduated from Loyala High School in 1954, later graduating with a bachelor of science degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1958 and St. Louis Medical School in St. Louis in 1963.

Pursuing his medical career, he returned to Los Angeles with an internship at the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles in 1964, followed by a residency in radiology at the hospital in 1967.

He proudly served as a member of the United States Army Corps with the U.S. PHS, in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1969, where he was a commander.

Following his residency, he was awarded a Fellowship of Radiation Therapy at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1970.

He was an active member of the medical community in Chattanooga with Staff Medial Radiation Therapy at Memorial Hospital, Parkridge Hospital and Erlanger Hospital until his death.

He was the founder and director of Radiation Therapy, Cleveland Regional and Athens Regional Cancer Centers from 1984 until his retirement in 2012, and was the founder of the Ocoee Regional Cancer Foundation 2012.

He was an associate professor of radiology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1980 and served on the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology in 1971, as well as the American Board of Radiology in 1973.

He was an avid world traveler. His many interests included flying, diving, fishing and sailing.

He was a longtime member of the Privateer Yacht Club and had held his private pilot license since 1988. He also served as director for Lightsport Aircraft of Chattanooga in 1988.

Above all, his greatest passion was the care and compassion for his patients and his dedication was unwavering during his 58-year career.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nina and Charles Dugan; former spouses: Norma Siegfried and Susan Crawford; and beloved pet, Bingo.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Angela O’Brien of Jackson; children: Christopher Dugan (Gail) of Los Angeles, Denise Skinner (Chris) of Chattanooga, Mark Dugan (Jill), Kelly Lashley of Charleston, S.C., and Patrick Dugan (Natalie) of Chattanooga; and grandchildren: Daniel Block of Chattanooga, Crawford, Jacqueline Pearse and Fletcher Lashley of Charleston, S.C., and Evelyn Dugan of Chattanooga.

Special thanks to all the employees, care team and colleagues at Cleveland and Athens offices and to Dr. Stephen Miller and his exceptional staff at the Starr Regional Cancer Center.

The family will receive friends today at 9 a.m. at The Basilica of St. Peter and Paulin Chattanooga,  followed by a graveside service at 11 a.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to The Ocoee Regional Cancer Foundation ( or charity of your choice.

We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, Cleveland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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