John Autrey Feagin Jr.
John Autrey Feagin Jr.

Class of 1955
Administrator/Swimming & Diving

John Feagin is a 1955 West Point graduate and earned two varsity letters as a member of the swimming and diving team. He was also a member of the West Point Water Polo Club.

He was commissioned into the Artillery Branch of the U.S. Army and graduated from Duke medical school in 1961. Feagin served as an orthopedic surgical resident at Walker Reed Army Medical Center for four years and then as Chief of Orthopaedic Services at the 85th Evac Hospital in Vietnam.

Feagin returned to West Point as team physician in 1967 and worked closely with assistant football coach Bill Parcells and head basketball coach Bob Knight. Feagin is the founding member of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the International Society of Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society For Sports Medicine.

An extensive author and lecturer, Feagin wrote "The Crucial Ligaments," which helped revise the treatment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries. His book and papers are still used today in treating the common sports knee injury as well as educating young orthopedic surgeons.

Feagin served as the team physician for the U.S. Ski Team during the 1992 Winter Olympics after moving to Durham, N.C., to become an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Medicine and Chief of Orthopaedic Services in the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center.

He worked as team physician under West Point graduate Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Basketball team and helped found the Coach Krzyzewski -Nike Human Performance Laboratory.

Feagin was presented the Mueller International Knee Prize for a Lifetime of Contributions to the Sciences and Practices of Knee Surgery, was inducted into the AOSSM Hall of Fame, is an honorary member of the Army Football Letterman's Club, is a U.S. Military Academy Graduate and established the John A. Feagin West Point Sports Medicine Fellowship.