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Halligan, William J., 1899
|William J. Halligan, A1923, H1976, was a longtime benefactor and trustee of the university. He was given an honorary degree in 1976 in recognition of his service to the university and his achievements in the electronics industry.|
Halligan was born on December 8, 1898 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He attended Tufts from 1919 to 1920, when he left to attend West Point. He served as a shipboard radio operator in World War I. A member of the class of 1923, he was awarded his bachelor's degree extra ordinem in 1947.
Halligan founded a company, Hallicrafters, that manufactured radio transmitters and receivers. The company produced a mobile radio station that was hailed by the US Army as one of the significant weapons of World War II, alongside the Flying Fortress and the Garand rifle.
Halligan died on July 14, 1992.
Halligan Hall, on the Medford campus, is named in his honor.
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