In February 2008, the Coogans established the Philip S. and Joan C. Coogan Endowment for Excellence in the History of Medicine at Notre Dame.  The purpose of the endowment is to provide support to the study of the history of science at Notre Dame by sponsoring a wide range of activities, including: guest lectures by distinguished experts, student workshops, publications, and conferences.

For questions about the Coogan Endowment, please contact Dr. Jessica Baron at

Past Coogan Events:


Head Games: The Inside Story of Football’s Concussion Crisis
March 21-23, 2017, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Pulitzer-nominated author and former NYT investigative journalist Alan Schwarz came to campus to give one public lecture on his concussion reporting and a seminar (by invitation) on Big Pharma, the subject of his latest book. He met with numerous students and faculty while on campus. The visit was organized by the Coogan Endowment and was co-sponsored by Notre Dame Research, the College of Arts & Letters, Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts & Letters, the Center for Health Sciences Advising, the Reilly Center's GLOBES Graduate Program, Menzoda College's Sports Analytics Club, and the Department of Anthropology.  

Science Journalism Brown Bag with Alan Schwarz
Wed Mar 22, 2017, 12:00PM-1:30PM

Head Games: The Inside Story of Football’s Concussion Crisis
Wed Mar 22, 2017, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
How one New York Times sportswriter exposed a massive N.F.L. cover-up, forced Congressional hearings and revolutionized sports safety.

Alan Schwarz Reilly Seminar: Big Pharma and American Medicine
Thu Mar 23, 2017, 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Location: 400 Geddes Hall

Helen King

Helen King Visit
Oct 25, 2016, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium
Provost's Distinguished Women's Lecturer: Professor Helen King - "Traveling Inside the Body: Organs, Fluids, and Representation"
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October 27, 2016, 4:15-5:30PM
Location 310 DeBartolo
Provost's Distinguished Women's Lecturer: Professor Helen King - "Gender and sexuality in history: did the eighteenth century change everything?"
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Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger Visit 
February 17, 2016
Historian and activist Alice Dreger drew from her book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, to explore the ways in which freedom of research is under assault from multiple fronts, including identity politics activism, the corporatization and branding of universities, and social media shaming campaigns. She used case studies to talk about the dangers researchers face today and spoke to how researchers can work individually and collectively to try to protect themselves. She argued they must do so not for their own sake, but for the sake of social progress in our fragile democracy. 
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Richard Keller, "Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003"
March 21, 2015
Lecture as part of the Health, Culture, and Society research area at the Reilly Center's 30th anniversary conference. Click here for more information on Richard Keller.

Dorothy Porter, "Creative Disability and the Shaking Palsy: Approaching a History of Parkinson’s Disease"
September 16, 2014

James Moore, "Darwin's Sacred Cause"
November 20, 2013

Nicole Archambeau, "The Spectrum of Healers and Health Care in Late Medieval Provence: From Doctors to DIY Relics in the Care of Body and Soul"
November 29, 2012

John Burnham - “The Death of the Sick Role: A Problem in Healthcare, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Medicine, and Public Policy at the Turn of the 21st Century"
October 30, 2012

Margaret Humphreys, “Of Wards and War: The Importance of Good (and Bad) Medical Care in the American Civil War”
October 12, 2012

Sarah Parker, "Beyond Bacon: From Scientific Theory to Practical Medicine in Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica"
April 19, 2012

Philip and Joan Coogan


Philip S. Coogan (1938-2014) is a 1959 alumnus of Notre Dame who went on to receive his M.D. from St. Louis University in 1962.  He established the Pathology program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, in 1978. His wife, Joan, graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1970.  She is a retired pathologist who resides in Franklin, Tennessee. The Coogans have four children, their daughter Mary Coogan Trousdale having graduated from Notre Dame in 1983, and son Joseph in 1985. 

See obituary for Dr. Philip Coogan