Joe Pugh (’60)
The Uniform Military Service Act required most of the men in my generation to enter military service. The most crucial benefit provided by my Wofford degree was allowing me to compete to spend my military service as an officer in the Navy rather than an as Army private.
Every single major accomplishment in my life was rooted in my having served as an an Naval Officer. Every company I joined while developing skills extended their offers to a former Naval Officers, not just to Joe Pugh. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s, military service was a skill and expereince sought by the more interesting companies.
So the funds I earned in my lifetime were based upon having the Wofford degree. My personal life was totally shaped by Wofford as well. I met my wife while attending a meeting of South Carolina College Yearbook Editors. I edited the Bohemian and my wife edited the Bonhomie at Furman. We have spent fifty two years together, never in bliss but always, always challenged, responding and learning. We have lived and learned in nine states and three countries.
Wofford also provided some of the best friends I have had in a lifetime.