Cremation has taken place and a private burial of the ashes of Dr. John Drew Prugh was held at Beulah Cemetery in New Britain, Penn. John died June 1 at his home in Woodway, Texas.
John was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Greybull, the son of Merle G. and Helen A. Wamhoff Prugh of Casper. He was a nephew of the late John “Drew” Prugh of Greybull.
John attended the University of Colorado from 1951-54, majoring in chemistry and biology, and was a member of the Acacia Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy with honors. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1964 and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University.
He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, Rho Chi and Sigma Xi. He was a teaching fellow from 1959-1960 at the University of Washington, a fellow of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and Josiah Kirby Lilly Memorial fellow from 1964 through 1966 at the University of Washington. He worked at Merck Research Laboratories in West Point, Pa., as a medicinal chemist from 1966 until his retirement in 1996.
John served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56. An accomplished musician, he played in his father‘s band while in high school and was a soloist and choir member in numerous churches. He was an avid gardener, fly fisherman, photographer and artist.
John was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Marlo “Gene” Prugh.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sally Wing Grove Prugh; two sons, John M. Prugh of New Hampshire and Scott M. Prugh of Texas; one daughter, Lynne A. Housley of Georgia; a brother, Geary Lee Prugh of Casper; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.