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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Tan
Favorite Food:
Health Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1919
Birth Location:
Richmond, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Tan
Favorite Food:
Health Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1919
Birth Location:
Richmond
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Biography

Clinical psychologist Roderick Wellington Pugh was born on June 1, 1919, in Richmond, Kentucky. Pugh moved with his family to Dayton, Ohio when he was eleven years old. There, his father was one of several black doctors who lived in and served Dayton’s Westside community. Pugh graduated from Dayton’s integrated Steele High School in 1936. He attended Fisk University and graduated cum laude in 1940. Pugh went on to earn his masters degree in psychology from the Ohio State University in 1941. Pugh taught briefly at Albany State College in Georgia. He then enlisted in the U.S. military and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant under General George S. Patton. He served in Germany before returning to the United States. Back home, Pugh studied psychology under Dr. Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago, where he made the Honor Society in psychology. Pugh obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1949.

Pugh worked for a time as chief of psychological services at Hines V.A. Medical Center. Pugh also served as a professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago from the 1960s until his retirement. Pugh has written extensively on African American issues in psychology and psychotherapy. His articles have been featured in several publications, the majority of them dedicated to African American issues in psychology and psychotherapy. Pugh’s most recognized work is his Psychology and the Black Experience, published in 1972, which was widely used in college classrooms.

A member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association, Pugh served as a diplomat for the American Board of Professional Psychologists. An esteemed international orator, Pugh has given numerous speeches internationally in a variety of places, including Chung Chi College in Hong Kong, Fisk University in Tennessee, and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He was a longtime resident of Chicago’s Hyde Park community, but often returned to Dayton’s Wayman A.M.E. Church to visit friends and family.

Pugh passed away on November 13, 2010 at the age of 91.

Roderick Pugh was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 16, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roderick Pugh describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roderick Pugh describes his parents' meeting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Roderick Pugh describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Roderick Pugh describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Roderick Pugh describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Roderick Pugh remembers a childhood visit in Richmond, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roderick Pugh describes his childhood in Richmond, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roderick Pugh recalls Ku Klux Klan activity in Richmond, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roderick Pugh describes his parents' decision to move to Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roderick Pugh describes growing up in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roderick Pugh remembers his neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roderick Pugh describes his childhood experience of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roderick Pugh describes attending school in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Roderick Pugh describes attending school in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roderick Pugh describes the legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roderick Pugh remembers Colonel White High School in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roderick Pugh recalls playing violin at Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roderick Pugh describes his social life in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roderick Pugh remembers swimming at the Y in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roderick Pugh describes influential adults in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roderick Pugh remembers his decision to attend Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Roderick Pugh describes choosing his major at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roderick Pugh describes the influence of Carl Rogers and B.F. Skinner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roderick Pugh remembers The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roderick Pugh remembers becoming a professor at Albany State College in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roderick Pugh recalls being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roderick Pugh remembers Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roderick Pugh recalls being stationed in Northern Ireland during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roderick Pugh describes segregation in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roderick Pugh recalls petitioning the U.S. Army inspector general
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Roderick Pugh recalls a conflict with his battalion adjutant
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Roderick Pugh remembers being promoted to Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Roderick Pugh remembers his discharge from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Roderick Pugh describes his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Roderick Pugh recalls studying electroconvulsive therapy at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois