The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 12, 2013

Karen Lee Dugger, 66, Lewisburg


The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — After a long battle against metastatic breast cancer, Professor Karen Lee Dugger passed away on Nov. 11, 2013, in Lewisburg, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

She was born May 21, 1947, in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of the late Edmund and Rose Dugger. She was the oldest of seven children.

After graduating from Central Hower High School in Akron, Professor Dugger went on to earn her bachelor of arts degree in English and her Ph.D. in sociology, both at Kent State University.

Professor Dugger taught sociology and women’s studies at Bucknell University in Lewisburg from 1983 until 1999. In addition to being a beloved teacher and colleague, she was a driving force in the creation and subsequent success of the Center for Race and Gender at Bucknell.

She then relocated to Towson University in Towson, Md., where she served as professor and chair of the Women’s Studies Department and director of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women.

While at Towson, Professor Dugger developed and subsequently supervised the groundbreaking “Pathways Program,” which provides scholarships as well as academic and social support to low-income parents. The program’s objective is to create both greater access to education and improvement of participants’ social and  economic self-sufficiency.

Professor Dugger is survived by her daughter, Theanne Griffith; companion, Winston Griffith; sisters, Rosemary Wilson and Helen Dugger; brothers, Edmund and Robert Dugger; and 10 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Michael Dugger; and her sister, Barbara Hayes.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate her life from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday in Walls Lounge, Langone Center, Bucknell University.

Arrangements are by the John H. Shaw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.