Samuel J. N. Sugar 2007
Samuel J.N. Sugar, 96, an internist for 50 years in Prince George's County, died of
complications from a subdural hematoma Feb. 9 at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla.
Dr. Sugar, a native Washingtonian, was instrumental in the 1950s in the research and
development of the first generation of oral drugs to lower blood sugar in diabetic patients.
He also founded the nuclear medicine department at Prince George's Hospital Center.
He graduated from He graduated from Western High School (1928) and George
Washington University. He received a pharmacy degree from GWU in 1931 and a
medical degree from the same school in 1934. He interned and did his residency at
During World War II, Dr. Sugar served in the Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of
lieutenant colonel. After the war, he entered private practice in Mount Rainier. He also
taught at the GWU medical school. He was past president of the Prince George's County
Medical Society and a member of Woodmont Country Club.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing and cooking.
His wife of 59 years, Naomi Vigderhouse Sugar, died in 1996.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Fay Widome Sugar of Rockville and Palm Beach,
Fla.; three children from his first marriage, Diane Stickler of Charlotte, Margy Sugar of
Birmingham, Ala., and Dr. Mark Sugar of Rockville; a brother; 12 grandchildren; and eight