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June11, 2008

Vol. 108, No. 15


Hugh Bell Ogburn ’45 *55

Published in the June11, 2008, issue

Hugh Ogburn died Oct. 23, 2007, at his home in Honolulu.

Hugh entered Princeton from Westville (N.J.) High School and joined Dial Lodge. Accelerating his studies, he received a degree in chemical engineering in 1944.

After graduation, he joined the Navy, serving in the Pacific theater on the USS California. Following the war, he married Anne Wotherspoon and returned to Princeton to earn a master’s and doctorate, also in chemical engineering.

In 1950 Hugh and Anne moved to the Philadelphia suburbs, where Hugh worked for Atlantic Refining Co. and later M.W. Kellogg Co. In 1967, he was named director of engineering and petroleum technology at Union Carbide, and moved with his wife and two children to Greenwich, Conn.

Anne and Hugh were divorced and, in 1974, Hugh married Nancy Wrenn Petersen of Greenwich and Honolulu, and relocated to Hawaii, where he became vice president of Pacific Resources Inc.

Hugh was a member of Princeton’s Engineering and Sciences Advisory Board and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

In addition to Nancy, Hugh leaves a daughter, Peeky; a son, Scott; one grandchild; four stepchildren; and three step-grandchildren, including one in the Class of 2009. The class expresses its sympathy to his family.

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