Curry Class Note

Louise Ewell Pugh

Louise Ewell Pugh (B.S. ’41) died Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. She was 96. She was born Feb., 21, 1920, in Ruckersville, Va., to Nathaniel McGregor Ewell and Mary Louise Camper Ewell. She was the oldest of six children and was called Camper by her family. After 10 years in Ruckersville and on the family farm in Greene County Virginia, her family moved to Charlottesville, Va., primarily to ensure she and her five younger siblings could obtain a better education. After Lane High School and one year at St. Annes School, she attended the State Teachers College (now Longwood). Transferring to the University of Virginia for two years, she was granted a degree in Education in 1941.

She then taught English and history in a small high school in Wythe County, Va., before moving to Washington, D.C., in WWII. There she worked to break the Japanese military codes.

After the war, with a teaching career in mind, she enrolled at Duke University to study history. There she met Olin Pugh, of Prosperity S.C. After marriage in Charlottesville on Sept. 2, 1949, they moved to Columbia, where Olin taught in the University of South Carolina School of Business for many years, eventually becoming professor and holding the Chair of Banking. READ FULL OBITUARY

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