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 Leonora Helen Pugh

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Leonora Helen Pugh

Birth
Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Death 14 Aug 2006 (aged 87)
Hackettstown, Warren County, New Jersey, USA
Burial New Hempstead, Rockland County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 133808673 View Source
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World War II Navy veteran who worked in developing early antibiotics.

Graduated from New Jersey College for Women (now Rutgers) in 1940 with a degree in bacteriology. Earned master's degree (1949) and Ph.D. (1965) there. While at Rutgers, worked on developing early antibiotics with Dr. Selman Waksman, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering early antibiotics.

Served in US Navy as a pharmacist's mate first class during World War II. Member of the WAVES working in microbiology.

Taught at Corcoran School for Nursing in Yonkers, NY for eight years. Joined Ciba-Geigy in Summit, NJ, in 1973 and worked there as a research librarian until retirement in 1981.

Adopted Helen as her second name after the death of her sister, Helen Dudley Pugh Spencer.


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