2012-02-23 / Personalities

Bill Kirby guest speaker at Duggan Scholarship Dinner


Bill Kirby (center) is surrounded by the Duggan family, (from left) Thomas, Tom, Katie, Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Dan, and wife, Patti. Bill Kirby (center) is surrounded by the Duggan family, (from left) Thomas, Tom, Katie, Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Dan, and wife, Patti. Bill Kirby of Augusta was guest speaker at the annual John Duggan Memorial Scholarship Dinner sponsored by the Washington Woman’s Club on Monday evening, February 13, at the clubhouse on North Alexander Avenue.

Mr. Kirby, a columnist with the Augusta Chronicle, was introduced by Dean Mansfield. He entertained members and guests with many jokes and a special story about being “grateful” and all of its proven benefits. He noted there is a big difference in being grateful and being indebted.

Woman’s Club President, Carol Jackson, welcomed the 75 members and guests who attended.

Alicia Madden, chaplain, offered the blessing before the delicious dinner of spinach and strawberry salad, baked chicken, rice and gravy, green beans, and Red Velvet cupcakes each topped with a chocolate heart was served.

The John Duggan Memorial Scholarship has been awarded since l978 to outstanding Washington- Wilkes students who exemplify the character, spirit, and talent of this young man.

John Rochford Duggan, the second son of the late Dr. A. D. (Dan) Duggan and Mary Johnson Duggan, was a prodigy of an athlete beginning at the early age of eight. He was an energetic young man who held various sports records locally in Washington-Wilkes, regionally, and nationally. After being awarded a full football scholarship to the University of Georgia in December of l971, John had a recurrence of cancer and succumbed to the illness in November of l972. He was presented the varsity “G” letter posthumously in l972.

The dinner closed with everyone singing God Bless America, a favorite of John’s mother and long-time Woman’s Club member, Mary Duggan, who died in January.

Special guests attending were John’s immediate family members, Dan and Patti Duggan, and sons, Daniel and John, of Augusta, and Tom Duggan and children, Katie, Elizabeth, and Thomas. Tom’s wife, Gail, was unable to attend due to illness.

Hostesses, Carol Jackson and Jenny Clarke, decorated for the event using a red and white Valentine theme.

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