Richard (Dick) Pugh,
cofounder of the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, was in many ways the
heart of the Lab,
helping establish endowments and funds, donating meteorites
and materials, and being the public face of the
lab's outreach and informal education efforts for many years. In 2011
he received the Service Award from the Meteoritical Society for
outreach and informal education. His efforts lead to the recognition of
new meteorite finds in the United States, and a new fall in Cambodia.
He co-authored papers. Arguably more important and notable, though, was
Dick's infectious enthusiasm for meteorites, which he viewed as his
life mission to spread to as many people as possible. In varied ways,
it is not an exaggeration to say that Dick's efforts were crucial to
raising the profile of the Lab and making it what it is today.
One of Dick's last
requests before his passing in 2020 was that funds in his memory be put
forward to securing a curatorial position for the lab.
To this end, Portland
State University has begun a Dick Pugh Memorial Campaign to help
establish a curatorial position for the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory.
All funds donated to the Lange Endowment
will be used from this point forward to establish an endowment for a
curator, in his honor. As Dick knew, such a position is the single most
important thing needed to ensure that the Cascadia Meteorite Lab will
continue on into the future as a center of meteorite research at
Portland State University. Please consider making a donation to
this important endeavor.
And please spread the word!