Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR


Richard Norman Pugh

March 8, 1940June 15, 2020

Richard Norman Pugh, age 80, of Portland, Oregon passed away on Monday June 15, 2020. Richard was born March 8, 1940.

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Richard Norman Pugh

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Beth-Ann Wesley

July 8, 2020

Dear Mr. Pugh as I have always called you,

You taught us well, but encouraged us to reach for the stars. You encouraged me to join the Mazama's with you, to train on Horse Thief Butte while rock climbing, and you held my ropes, I had to trust you. Then on Mt. .Hood as we trained for our big climb. You took us to Fort Rock, back when it was "OK". We ran into one another at REI and at the Class of '77's 20 year reunion. You are to this day the answer to my security questions on some of my logins. You were a human gem. The kind you find once in a lifetime. An amazing teacher, friend and person. Thank you for all you did for me and the rest of us who knew and loved you. You will always be missed. You will never be forgotten. Beth Almand

Leslie & Jim Goldsmith

July 8, 2020

Anyone with METEOR as a license plate had to be interesting --and, Dick Pugh was interesting!

While our daughters did not have him as a teacher, they had great respect for him. He was a favorite customer in our shop and a fascinating presenter at a rock club.

Rick Pugh was truly a Renaissance man. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. The world has lost a much needed smile.

Rick & Sylvia Thompson

July 8, 2020

The Lower Columbia chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute was privileged to have Dick Pugh come speak a number of times at one of our meetings. He would bring his amazing meteorite collection and the young people, and adults too, were always fascinated by his presentation and thrilled to see and touch real meteorites. We so appreciate him sharing his love of science with us and will miss him.

John Alioth

July 5, 2020

My symphony to his family, So sad to hear about a person who really did care about his pupils he respected his fellow human beings. Richard was a type of individual who wanted young people as well older people to learn, I took his classes my freshman year and every year after that at Cleveland high what ever he was teaching. he opened up my mind and Others about learning not working harder but smarter. He said not all of you’ll be going to college some we’ll go into the military, he was a pro gun rights he wanted you to know your constitutional and bill of rights to bare arms, I took his gun rights class that he teach after hours, his students was all ages! My mom took his gun right class and a bunch of other moms and dads as well families. he invited his student to eastern Oregon about Astronomy and lapidary he wanted people to learn. He never made fun of people but he did get them to seat down and shut the hell up he told the kids that was acting up if you need this class take the class but don’t waste my time or the others that’s in this class. He wanted respect ✊ in his classroom. I was his teacher assistant aid in my senior year. Not that I wanted the extra credit but he was a good human being. Mr Pugh, My your soul Rest In Peace. I would like to say thank you Mr. Pugh for opening up my mind and reaching for the stars.

Jan Watt

July 4, 2020

Dick is an educator who made a significant impact on all who surrounded him, whether it be students, colleagues, professional associates, or his good friends. Cleveland students remember him fondly as well they should, and I always looked forward to seeing him when he would come back to visit. He possessed a characteristic that every great educator must demonstrate: he cared about his students...and they knew it. Bless him forever.

Betty Wiese

July 4, 2020

I will miss my cousin Dick Pugh. He tried to stay connected to his Pugh family. Perhaps it was in part because he was the eldest child of the eldest child of my grandparents - David D and Mary James Pugh. It was also part of who he was as a generous person. On behalf of the grandchildren of David and Mary, he donated a rifle to a local Fort Benton Montana museum. He joined us in 2001 on the Oregon coast for a family memorial service for my brother David Pugh.

Betty (Pugh) Wiese

Paul Nagy

July 3, 2020

Mr. Pugh was my favorite teacher at Cleveland High. I think he was everyone's favorite! Thanks, Dick, for the great adventures at Camp Hancock and Fort Rock, and sliding in the education along with the entertainment in our physical science, astronomy, and geology classes.

Oliver Nanassy

July 3, 2020

Mr. Pugh was my first high school science teacher during my freshman year - for Introductory Physical Science. In later years he recruited me and my friend group to help with a park ecology restoration project that continued for many years in Portland’s beautiful Oaks Bottom Park. He was an inspiration to me personally as I went through the difficult and formative teen experience. Many years later after I completed my higher education at both the UW and Harvard medical schools I continued to think of him and the inspiration he planted in me to pursue a career in science. I hope he is remembered as a mentor and as a person that deeply cared about positive outcomes for youth that came under his influence.

Erin Tanski

July 2, 2020

I needed a science credit my senior year. If I would have had Mr. Pugh my sophomore year, I probably would have taken science all three years! He was a fantastic teacher! Then there was the day I walked in his classroom late!! Whatever he was doing in there smelled awful, and I walked in and said, "Ew, pew!", only to be directly sent to Mr. Frangipanis office for the duration of the class! He also taught us so much about volcanoes my senior year.. he knew it would be any minute! (1980, Cleveland)

Jerry Pillar

July 2, 2020

I always enjoyed going to the couple of classes I had with Mr. Pugh. I tested his patience a few times that I usually regretted. In 1979 when he said, don’t go near Mt.St. Helens because she’s going to blow, we thought he was off his rocker. He was truly the smart guy in the room.
Godspeed Mr. Pugh!