Richard Merle Waugaman

Profile Updated: March 31, 2021
Class Year: 1966
Residing In: Potomac, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman, Ph.D.
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Occupation: Psychoanalyst and Psychiatrist
Children: Adele, born 1976; Gary, born 1981

I practice psychoanalysis and psychiatry. I'm Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University (the military medical school). Half of my 200 publications are on Shakespeare-- I've been finding evidence that Freud was correct that these works were actually written by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604). A modified version of this theory about Shakespeare's identity is the subject of Roland Emmerich's 2011 film, "Anonymous." I was interviewed for Cheryl Donovan's documentary film, "Nothing Truer than the Truth."

School Story:

My favorite teacher at City was Madame Betsy Pearson. I've been married to her daughter Elisabeth since 1970. Her parents lived with us here in Maryland for many years.

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Posted on: Apr 17, 2020 at 6:04 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Bill, Jeanne. My best to both of you.

Apr 27, 2019 at 5:33 AM
Nov 08, 2018 at 9:33 AM

Rest in peace, Joy.
Once, in Mrs. Pearson's French class, I returned a book to Mrs. Pearson's desk, carelessly putting it on top of the Bible. Without reproving me, Joy simply moved the book. That memory has always stayed with me. 



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May 09, 2017 at 1:33 PM

I'm so sorry to learn of Gene's death. We were friends at Northside Junior High School. Somehow, we lost touch in high school. My condolences to his family.

Rick Waugaman


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Mar 05, 2016 at 5:33 PM

I appreciate reading the comments about Stanley German. Yes, he was a great fan of Gilbert & Sullivan. Some of you may remember that he wrote his own comic operetta, that was staged at a theater in Chattanooga. Was it called the Little Theater? I'm not sure. He had impressive musical talents. I knew Stanley both at "Northside" Junior High, and also at "City." 

My wife Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman (daughter of "Madame Pearson," our French teacher) received the Distinguished Alumna Award at GPS last spring. During a break in the activities, we drove the short distance to what we thought was still Chattanooga High School. We were so out of touch we hadn't heard it's now an arts school. Knowing that our "City High School" is no more, this website is all the more valuable, and I'm all the more grateful to those who created and maintain it. 


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