Dr. Eugene M.J. Pugatch, a neurologist who practiced in Montclair and was affiliated with Mountainside hospital, died on Jan. 5, 2022, of COVID-19. He was 89.

Dr. Pugatch’s work in endothelial research paved the way for breakthrough treatments for cardiovascular disease, an obituary submitted by his family said. 

Born in Boston in 1932, he attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, Boston University School of Medicine and Oxford University in England, according to an article in February 2021 in “The Dunworkin Club Chronicle,” the newsletter of The Dunworkin Club of Montclair. He had two Ph.D.s, in medicine and philosophy, the article said.

During his career he also worked on leprosy drugs at Hoffman La Roche in Nutley, according to the Dunworkin article.

Gregarious and brilliant, he was friend and confidant to the poet James Wright, the scientist Janet Rowley, the troubadour Steven Bruton and the British historian and politician James Douglas-Hamilton, for whom he published English translations of the poems of Albrecht Haushofer for Douglas-Hamilton’s book “The Truth About Rudolf Hess,” the obituary submitted by the family said.

Dr. Pugatch enjoyed attending performances at the Metropolitan Opera and traveling, the Dunworkin article said, and was a fan of the Boston Red Sox.

He is survived by his son, Gilles Pugatch, and his sister, Thelma Pugatch Malafey. 

Dr. Pugatch was predeceased by his wife, Vera.

Arrangements were by Shook Funeral Home in Clifton.