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Object ID 2006.03.02
Object Name Artifact: Navy Jacket
Description World War II (2) jacket belonging to Frank J. McGuigan (1924-1998), father of Chevy Chase resident April McGuigan

Dr. Frank Joseph McGuigan was an ensign in the Navy in the Pacific. Interestingly, his birthday is December 7. Although the jacket was not used in combat, Dr. McGuigan was deeply influenced by his experience and friends in the military, boosting his ego and broadening his perpective. The G. I. Bill motivated him to go to college and later purchase a home where he could raise a family. He lived in the Washington, D.C. area on K Street while assisting in the development of HUMRO (Human Resources Research Organization) for the federal government, then moved to Ft. Knox, Kentucky in the early 1950's when that agency relocated there.

Dr. McGuigan became a well-known psychologist, concentrating in progressive relaxation, publishing many books, including "Calm Down" and numerous text books. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize and received many national and international awards for his work. The American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., dedicated a bench in the courtyard to Dr. McGuigan, and one of his daughters (April) lives in Chevy Chase.