Nina Nichols Pugh

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Nina Nichols Pugh passed away on September 30, 2013. In accordance with her wishes, a private family service was held at First United Methodist Church, where she was a faithful parishioner for many years. A life-long resident of Baton Rouge, she was born on January 15, 1925, the daughter of Professor Irby C. Nichols and Pauline Wright Nichols. Throughout her life, she embraced scholarship, her community, and her family. Mrs. Pugh graduated as valedictorian of both Baton Rouge High School and Louisiana State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also received a Masters in Latin and classical Italian and a Juris Doctor from LSU Law School. While attending LSU she was a member of Louisiana Law Review, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Phi, and Chi Omega. She met her future husband Thomas B. Pugh upon his return to law school after serving in the South Pacific during WWII. They married at First United Methodist Church on January 3, 1948. During the course of her career, she was a research assistant at the LSU Law School and an instructor in classical languages at LSU. She retired as a Research Associate for the Center of Civil Law Studies. She was devoted to her community, as is evident through her service as a charter member and later president of Community Advancement, Baton Rouge Council on Alcoholism, Baton Rouge YWCA, Baton Rouge Youth, Inc., Baton Rouge Opera, and Friends of Christ Episcopal Church (Napoleonville, LA). She was past president of the Junior League of Baton Rouge. She held board positions in many other organizations, including: United Way, Family Relations Council, Southern University Foundation, LA Arts and Science Center, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Additionally, she was a member of the Colonial Dames of America. She was recognized as a Volunteer Activist, a Links Outstanding Woman, and received the Brotherhood Award for "distinguished service in the field of Human Relations" by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Mrs. Pugh will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband Judge Thomas Bryan Pugh II, her son Thomas Bryan Pugh III, and her brother Dr. Irby C. Nichols, Jr. She is survived by her son Stephen Nichols Pugh, her daughter Polly Cole and her husband Jeff, and her grandchildren, who affectionately called her "Meow", Jeffrey Bryan, Patrick Francis, Caroline Nichols, and Anna Catherine Cole. She is also survived by her sister Pauline Pepinsky of Worthington, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Rose Lee Burton, Sue Burton, Catherine Clark, Betty Lavalais, Senette Myles, Lois Dominque, and Alice Vessell to whom the family is much indebted for the love and care they provided. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 930 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Friends of Christ Church, PO Box 27, Napoleonville, LA 70390, or .
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2013
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