1950 - 2016
George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
477 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA
PUGH, Karen Hermann Died peacefully at home in Wellesley on May 23, having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma last August. Karen was born on October 13, 1950 in Winchester, the daughter of Phyllis (Savage) and Conrad Hermann. She graduated from Bates College cum laude and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Science in Teaching of Elementary Education from the University of Chicago. In Chicago, she taught children with learning disabilities in a private primary school, then taught in a cooperative school in a disadvantaged neighborhood. Returning to Massachusetts, she taught second grade, then kindergarten in Walpole public schools. She married James R. Pugh on June 24, 1978 at Emmanuel Church in Boston, where she served on the vestry. She taught water conservation to all children in the Wellesley public schools in a national award-winning program sponsored by the town's Department of Public Works. She became actively involved in water issues affecting the town, serving on the board of directors of the local League of Women Voters and as a town meeting member. Later, she worked at Wellesley High School as a tutor for METCO students and students with special developmental needs. She received an Elementary School Principal Certification from the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association and worked as assistant principal at Roger Wellington School in Belmont. Most recently, she worked and volunteered for Generations, Inc. as an AARP Experience Corps reading coach for elementary school children at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Boston's South End. She was the co-leader, with her husband, of bird walks sponsored by Wellesley Conservation Council or Wellesley College alumnae weekend. She was a docent at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Her love of gardening led her to become certified as a master gardener in a program sponsored by Massachusetts Horticultural Society. She became a member and served on the board of directors of Wellesley Garden Study Group and participated as a floral arranger for Art in Bloom at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Karen is survived by her husband, daughter and son-in-law Susannah and Clayton Sanders of Waltham, son David Pugh of Brooklyn, NY, and brother and sister-in-law Paul and Iris Hermann of Weston. Memorial contributions may be made to Generations, Inc., 25 Kingston St., Boston, MA 02111. Family and friends are invited to 65 Colburn Rd., Wellesley, on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. for a celebration of Karen's life. For online guestbook, gfdoherty.com. George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781 235 4100

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Published by Boston Globe from May 25 to May 26, 2016.
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I recently searched for Mrs. Pugh because she was my second grade teacher, and the first person who ever encouraged my writing. My debut novel will be published next summer, and I've thought of her often in the past few months as this lifelong dream came true. I could not be sorrier that I was unable to thank her in person for the impact she had on my life. My deepest condolences to her family for your loss.
Karen McManus
July 10, 2016
Karen was a valued member of our volunteer team at St. Stephens After School Program. She served with us for several years, always giving of herself to help others. We will miss her.

Mary Gunn, Executive Director
Generations Incorporated
Boston, MA
May 31, 2016
Gene and I were so sorry to learn of Karen's death. Please accept our heart felt sympathy and condolences.
Nancy Lindsey
May 28, 2016
Dear Jim and family,
So very sorry to learn of Karen's passing. She was an extraordinary person.
Sending condolences,
Jackie Weinstein
Jackie Weinstein
May 26, 2016
Uncle Norman and I are very sorry for your loss. After mom passed away, we seemed to have lost touch but we still always thought about you all. Know that we will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynn Reynolds
May 25, 2016
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