Elizabeth M. "Betty" Dugan

Elizabeth M. "Betty" Dugan, a volunteer and World War II veteran, died Feb. 29 of heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Ruxton resident was 90. (Baltimore Sun / March 5, 2012)

Elizabeth M. "Betty" Dugan, a volunteer and World War II veteran, died Feb. 29 of heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Ruxton resident was 90.

The daughter of a Baltimore businessman and a homemaker, the former Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford.

After graduating from Notre Dame High School of Maryland, she graduated from Fairfax Hall Junior College in Waynesboro, Va.

In her youth, she was an accomplished equestrian and was skilled in dressage, hunter-jumper equitation and cross-country eventing.

She enlisted in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in 1943, and served in Washington doing clerical work for the duration of the war.

She attained the rank of technical sergeant at the time of her discharge in 1945 and was a lifelong member of the Marines' Memorial Association.

In 1950, she married Dr. Francis Markoe Dugan Sr., a Baltimore internist. The couple lived for many years on Circle Road in Ruxton, until moving to Blakehurst in 2001.

Dr. Dugan died in 2007.

Mrs. Dugan served for many years on the auxiliary boards of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She had also served on the board of the Maryland Historical Society and had been a member of the Baltimore Museum of Art Council.

Mrs. Dugan was a trustee of the Lloyd E. Mitchell Foundation, a charitable trust established in 1944 by her father, who had been president and CEO of Lloyd E. Mitchell Inc., to support education, the arts and sciences.

She was a member of the Mount Vernon Club, the L'Hirondelle Club and the Woodland Garden Club.

Mrs. Dugan was a world traveler and antiques collector. She also was an avid bridge player.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are a son, George Washington Mitchell Dugan of Kennebunk, Maine; two daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell Dugan of Chevy Chase and Louise Markoe Dugan of Washington; and eight grandchildren. A son, Dr. Francis Markoe Dugan Jr., died in 1995; and a daughter, Mary Lloyd Dugan, died in 2007.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com