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Donor launches David Pugh Scholarship

Funds sought to endow fund
honoring planning professor



An anonymous donor is leading the way in creating an endowed scholarship honoring David L. Pugh, a longtime leader in urban planning education at Texas A&M University and the state of Texas. The David Pugh Urban Planning Scholarship will be awarded annually to students pursuing a master’s degree in the field at Texas A&M. The donor made the lead gift to encourage his fellow former students and friends of the popular professor to help the fund reach a level that will permanently fund an annual award.
Larry Zuber, director of development for the Texas A&M Foundation in the College of Architecture, which houses the program, notes that many charitable former students make their gifts because of what faculty members did for them when they were students.

“These mentors made a difference in their lives, and now they want to honor their professors with an investment that will aid every generation of student that will follow,” said Zuber.

Pugh began teaching at Texas A&M in 1976, and was an associate professor and program coordinator as well as head of the former Department of Urban Planning from 1981 to 1985. In addition to teaching land use and historic preservation law, he studied utopian cities and initiated and administered the department’s Texas Target Cities Program. He earned a law degree from the University of Missouri, and both a master in regional and city planning and a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Oklahoma.

Pugh retired in 2004. His academic career followed a long career in professional practice, and he was a mentor to many generations of Aggie planners.

Former students and others interested in contributing to the David Pugh Urban Planning Scholarship should contact Zuber at 979-845-0939 or

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