JULIAN R. DUGAS, a lawyer and civil rights activist
who became a power broker in the administration of former D.C. mayor Walter E.
Washington and helped guide the city’s transition to home rule in the 1970s,
died April 12 in the District of Columbia. He was 95.
Dugas, Esq., was initiated at the South Carolina State University, the Alpha
Lambda of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., May 14, 1938, where he served as
Polemarch. In 1956, he was elected
Polemarch of the Washington Alumni Chapter, where he served for many years. Brother Dugas served as Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia
and was a fierce advocate to the rights of the citizens of Washington, DC. His
legal legwork was credited with securing greater rights for tenants and
He was a special assistant to the president of Howard University, where he
taught law for decades. He remained active in his private legal practice until
his death and belonged to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Thelma Chisholm Dugas of
Washington; four sons, Julian R. Dugas Jr. of Las Vegas, John F. Dugas of
Scottsdale, Ariz., and Edwin H. Dugas and Michael C. Dugas, both of Washington;
a grandson; and three great-grandchildren.
funeral for Dr. Julian R. Dugas will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at
Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University School of Law. Visitation or viewing from
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and funeral at 11:00 a.m. The family is asking that in lieu
of flowers, contributions be sent to the Julian R. Dugas Scholarship Fund,
Office of Development, Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St., NW,
Washington, DC 20008.