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Dorothy Dugan

Until her retirement in 1970, Dorothy J. Dugan enjoyed an enviable twenty-five year career with the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., and abroad as a visa specialist.

Beginning her career after graduation from Toms River High School in 1936, Miss Dugan worked as a legal secretary to Joseph Citta, Toms River, N.J., until 1942 when she became senior clerk at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, N.J. She joined the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service clerk in 1945, was commissioned as a staff officer and vice-'consul in 1949, and six years later was appointed by the President, with Senate confirmation, as a foreign service officer. In 1963 she was awarded the State Department Honor Award.

During the years of her extensive foreign service, Miss Dugan experienced duty in many parts of the world as well as in Washington, D.C. She worked in Shanghai, China; Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Tokyo, Japan; Paris, France; Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In Germany, for example, she assisted in establishing procedures for the issuance of immigrant visas to displaced persons by special State Department staffs set up in refugee camps throughout Germany and Austria. In Montreal she was assistant chief of one of the State Department's largest and most diversified visa offices abroad. In Washington as assistant chief of the Facilitative Services Branch of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, she authorized exchange programs sponsored by educational, business, and other organizations in the United States for the training of foreign nationals. She helped formulate the State Department's policy with respect to visas for such foreign trainees.

At the time of her retirement, Miss Dugan was in charge of visas for officials of foreign governments and international organizations and for certain treaty traders, trainees, exchange visitors, and others. Acting as a liaison with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, as an advisor to U.S. consular offices abroad with respect to visa matters, and as a lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute, she made outstanding contributions to the field of foreign service.

During her career as a foreign service officer, Miss Dugan studied at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Va., taking courses in executive management, political affairs, and French, which she speaks fluently. She also has a knowledge of German.

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