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Hugh Wilmer Agricola Jr. ’41

Published in Dec. 8, 2005, issue

After a long bout with Alzheimer's disease, Hugh died Sept. 6, .

A graduate of Woodberry Forest School, he was a member of Quadrangle Club at Princeton, but left after junior year for the University of Alabama.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps, spending 26 months in the 5th Air Force in the Southwest Pacific, earning the Bronze Star, and separating as a captain in 1945. Hugh then received law degrees from Emory University and the University of Alabama. He practiced law until 1961, when he entered the University of the South where he earned a bachelor of divinity degree. Following his ordination, Hugh first served as curate and then rector of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham.

Retiring in 1974, he continued to serve the Diocese of Alabama and the Gulf Coast at several parishes and mission churches. He was a director of several charitable foundations including Cooper Greene Hospital, the Hillcrest Foundation, and the Jefferson County Parole Board. Always loyal to Princeton, Hugh delivered the homily at our 50th-reunion memorial service.

Predeceased by his son, Hugh III, Hugh is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elsie Nelms Agricola; daughters Claire England and Camille Bowman; his son, John; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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