A friend of a friend-Joe Pugh-Richard Lauffer-October 1


One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for October 1, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Tomorrow a former professor of mine from East Carolina will get inducted into the UNC Pembroke Hall of Fame.

Richard (Dick) Albert Lauffer, 86, retired professor, died  on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, NC after a brief battle with cancer.

He was born on April 28, 1926 in Newark, NJ, Dick grew up in Passaic where he excelled in baseball and developed a love for all sports. He received an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a Master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

He spent 40 years as a coach, professor and administrator in physical education in high schools and universities throughout North Carolina and New Jersey, including UNC Pembroke, Campbell University, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University. He retired in 1988 from NC State where he is remembered for the construction of a new student activity center with its unique rock climbing wall. He also played a role in the book Personal Fouls by Peter Golenbock which discussed Jim Valvano career at NC State.

He enjoyed his retirement at the Crystal Coast of North Carolina near Emerald Isle.

Dick Lauffer is survived by his wife, Carolyn Gibson Lauffer and I hope to meet her Friday. Also being introduced on Friday will be one of Coach Lauffer’s players Joe Pugh.

The Friend –RICHARD LAUFFER

Dick Lauffer

The Friend of the Friend-JOE PUGH

Hall of Famer playing for a Hall of Fame

Joe Pugh was a standout center for the UNC Pembroke Braves from 1957-61, Joe helped pace the Black & Gold to 38 wins over four seasons, including double-digit win campaigns as both a sophomore and junior. He averaged nearly 20 points per game as a senior.

His coach has passed on but glad 50 plus years later Joe is getting recognized as a a special player at UNC Pembroke on the same night as his college coach.

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