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Mr. Levine was in the frst graduating
class in 1941 of the Bronx High School
of Science in New York. He earned
a bachelor’s degree in Latin Ameri-
can studies from Mexico City College
(now the University of the Americas in
Puebla, Mexico).
During World War II he was a radar
technician in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Before joining USIA, Mr. Levine
worked as a freelance writer, a stafer at
People Today
a reporter in the Paris bureau of the
International News Service, and an
editor of an English-language daily in
Mexico City.
In 1955 he joined USIA as a writer
and, later, editor at the Voice of Amer-
ica. In 1960 he joined the USIA Foreign
Service and was posted to Geneva. He
subsequently served in Paris, where he
was deputy public afairs ofcer and,
later, PAO for the American delegation
to the Organization for European Coop-
eration and Development. Assignments
to Saigon and Phnom Penh, where he
was also PAO, followed.
Mr. Levine retired from the Foreign
Service in 1980, and moved to the Trea-
sury Department, where he served as a
press ofcer. He also edited the quar-
USIA Alumni News
from January
1989 to September 2004.
Mr. Levine is survived by his wife, the
former Nan Pullan, of Pleasantville, N.J.,
and three sons, David, Joshua and Justin.
Robert Lee Pugh,
81, a retired
FSO and former ambassador, died on
Jan. 28 in Columbus, Miss., after coura-
geously battling Parkinson’s disease.
Robert Lee Pugh was born in Find-
ley, Pa., on Oct. 27, 1931. He grew up
in California and Tacoma, Wash., and
graduated with a bachelor’s degree in
Russian and Asian studies from the
University of Washington in 1954.
He then joined the United States
Marine Corps, serving until 1961 and
rising to the rank of captain. He served
as infantry platoon leader, company
executive ofcer, company commander,
division order-of-battle ofcer and divi-
sion combat intelligence ofcer.
Mr. Pugh joined the Foreign Service
at the Department of State in 1961, and
began his career as an international
economist in the Bureau of Economic
Afairs from 1961 to 1963. After attend-
ing the Turkish Language School
(1963-1964), he was assigned to Ankara
as the political-military ofcer until
1967, when he was posted to Consulate
Isfahan as principal ofcer.
He returned to Washington, D.C.,
in 1969 and served as the Turkish desk
ofcer in the Bureau of Near East and
South Asian Afairs. In 1972 Mr. Pugh
was assigned to Athens as the political
and military counselor, serving until
1976, when he returned to Washington,
D.C., as a legislative management ofcer
with the Bureau of Congressional Afairs.
From 1977 until 1979, Mr. Pugh
served as the political adviser to the
commander-in-chief of U.S. Naval
Forces Europe. Next, he was deputy
director of the Ofce of Southern
European Afairs from 1979 to 1981, and
chief of the Assignments Division from
1981 until 1982.
Mr. Pugh was assigned to Beirut as
deputy U.S. ambassador in 1982. Tere
he managed a large and diverse U.S.
mission through the ongoing crisis of
the Israeli occupation and renewed
Lebanese civil war, and the seizure of
U.S. citizens as hostages.
During the catastrophic 1983 bomb-
ings of the embassy and Marine bar-
racks in Beirut, Mr. Pugh directed the
temporary relocation of the embassy