This parkland honors Major William F. Deegan (1882-1932), an influential Bronx veteran, architect, and politician. William Francis Deegan was the son of Irish immigrants, and studied architecture at Cooper Union in Manhattan. At age 25, when World War I broke out, he served as a staff officer in the 105th Field Artillery. Later in the war, he served as a major with the Army Corps of Engineers under General George W. Goethals (1858-1928), and oversaw the construction of Army bases in the New York City area.
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