Born in Syracuse, New York, Quigley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. During the Depression he designed milk product containers and was happy to get paid for his artwork. Later he produced art for an advertising studio in Boston, and Quigley's work appeared in several national magazines. He returned to New York and worked as a photographer before writing adventure strips such as Jungle Jim.
Quigley began working for United Aircraft as a draftsman when World War II began, and by war's end he was designing jets. In charge of three departments and with a large staff under him, Quigley showed the leadership and cooperation skills that would help him as he turned to free-lance art and teaching. Quigley taught at Famous Artists School, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and spent fifteen years teaching art in Easton, Connecticut where he lived with his family. Always busy, Quigley created pictures for large, well-known corporations and book publishers, painted portraits, and had his water color paintings exhibited. For Popular Science he designed the artwork for the feature "Model Garage" with the character Gus Wilson from 1948 until 1970. Quigley has since passed away, but his artwork is much sought-after.
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