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Charles W. Buggs
*Charles Buggs was born on this date in 1906. He was a Black scientist and educator.
Charles W. Buggs was born in Brunswick, Georgia. He conducted special research on why some bacteria do not react to certain medicines. In several articles, he presented his ideas on penicillin, skin grafting, and the value of chemicals in treating bone fractures. In 1940 he and his wife Maggie lived in New Orleans while he was teaching at Dillard University in New Orleans. In 1944, he contributed some of the results of his research to the world through 12 studies he helped to write.
Three years later, he wrote an important article on how to use antibiotics to prevent and cure certain diseases. he also taught college biology and made studies and suggestions on premedical education for Blacks. In his honor, the College of Allied Health’s highest award was named after Buggs. He was the first dean of the College of Allied Health at Charles Drew University. The award is presented to the graduating senior who has maintained the highest GPA throughout his or her training and has exemplified the personal characteristics of competence and compassion.
Buggs was influential in the development of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the site of the ceremony. Listed in “Who’s Who in America,” Buggs was also a professor of Biology and Microbiology at Howard University, UCLA, and Cal State Long Beach. Dr. Buggs' research and teaching contributed to a better understanding of health and the human body. Charles Buggs died on September 13, 1991