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David Pugh, FAICP

David Pugh, FAICP

We are terribly saddened to share the news that David Pugh, FAICP passed away on December 26, 2017. David, lovingly known as “Pugh” to his students, served as longtime coordinator of the MUP, educating a vast number of practicing planners in Texas. He was recognized two years ago by the Texas APA with the Texas Legends award. The picture below shows him with many of the Aggie Planners in attendance at the 2016 APA Texas Chapter Conference. Dr. Pugh was the Masters in Urban Planning program coordinator, and the single biggest influence on preparation as a planner for his many former students, friends and colleagues.  

Arrangements are being handled by Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan. Services have not been announced. Check the following webpage for updates concerning arrangements and to leave your condolences:

David L. Pugh was born in Wayne, Michigan, the son of Bonnie and Bert Pugh. He graduated from Wayne High School and received a BFA in Art and an MCRP in City and Regional Planning from the University of Oklahoma. He received a JD in Law from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

David and his beloved wife Susan met and were married at OU. He was employed professionally as an urban planner in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. In 1976 he was employed as an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. From 1981 to 1985 he served as the Head of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. He developed an educational workshop for city planning and zoning commissioners. David taught it at over 100 Texas municipalities. He established the Texas Target Cities Program in which Texas A&M faculty and students created comprehensive urban plans for dozens of cities across Texas.

In 1999 he was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award by the A&M Association of Former Students. In that same year he received the highest honor that an urban planner can achieve when he was made a Fellow in the first class of fellows by the American Institute of Certified Planners. He retired from Texas A&M in 2004, but continued to teach an occasional class in land use law. In 2015 he was the recipient of the “Legends of Texas” award given by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.

In his retirement he began to design and produce jewelry specializing in rings which he sold on First Fridays at the Frame Gallery in downtown Bryan. He was a proud liberal Democrat. He loved woodworking, chili with beans and most Mexican food, small animals, old TCM movies, books on American history, laughter, Bonnie Raitt, and Jazz. His favorite song was: “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell. He considered her to be the greatest female musician of the 20th Century. He seriously disliked people he thought were loud, pompous, and mean spirited.

He is survived by his beloved wife Susan, his son Justin, daughter-in-law Laura, grandchildren Kennedy and Nathaniel, his sister Norma Pugh Peterson and her family, and his pampered cat Zoey.

DavidPughGroupPhotoDavid Pugh, FAICP, with many of the Aggie Planners in attendance upon being recognized by the Texas APA with the Texas Legends Award.