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James Dugan (May 7, 1912 - June 3, 1967) was a historian, editor and magazine article writer. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvaniamarker he is best known for his collaborations with Jacques Cousteau.

James Dugan was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on May 7, 1912. His parents were Mary Katherine (Hoffman) Dugan and John Henry. He was the oldest of three sons. Dugan went to Altoona High School and graduated in 1929. After high school, he went to Penn State Universitymarker (1933-37). Jim Dugan, as he was called by his peers, became the editor of the campus literary magazine, Old Main Bell. Later he became the editor of another campus magazine, the Penn State Froth, in about 1936. After graduating, he resided in New York and then traveled to England with the Office of War Information. He was promoted to rank of corporal in medical corps at Fort Hancock, N.J. Dugan supervised French, German, Spanish and Russian classes for soldiers. Dugan also worked as a war correspondent in the European Theater. He served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. On April 19, 1946 he married Ruth Mae Lonergan, whom he met while she was a WAC in London during the war.

Dugan had a long-lasting connection with Jacques Cousteau. Dugan first met Cousteau in 1944 during the liberation of France. At this time he was a Yank magazine correspondent. Much of his writing in the 50's and 60's concerns underwater exploration with Captain Jacques Cousteau. Dugan received the Grand Prix, Cannes International Film Festival award for the documentary The Silent World in 1956. He was also part of the team that produced the Academy Award-winning documentaries The Silent World (1956) and World Without Sun (1964). Dugan wrote the narration for both films. Dugan edited Cousteau's books The Silent World (1953) and World Without Sun (1965) and co-authored The Living Sea (1963) with Cousteau.

James Dugan died June 3, 1967 in Panama City, FL from a heart attack at the age of 55. He was buried at sea.

Bibliography

Books
  • Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August, 1943. New York: Random House, 1962.
  • The Living Sea. London: Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 1963 (with Jacques Cousteau)
  • Man under the Sea and His Shipping Empire. London: Harper, 1963.
  • The Great Iron Ship. New York: Harper, 1953.
  • The Great Mutiny. New York: Putnam, 1965.
  • Man under the Sea. New York: Harper, 1956.
  • Undersea Explorer: Story of Captain Cousteau. New York: Harper, 1957.
  • World Beneath the Sea. New York: Harper, 1967


Film

External links

  • James Dugan, a biography by Leigh Haakenson at Penn State University.



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