Honoring Evan Pugh and Rebecca Valentine Pugh

Honoring Penn State’s Founders, Forging Penn State’s Future

Honoring Penn State’s Founders

We honor Dr. Evan Pugh, Penn State’s founding president, and his wife, Rebecca Valentine Pugh, by raising awareness about the presence of their gravesites in Bellefonte’s Union Cemetery and promoting the cause of honoring and conserving their memory.

Evan Pugh and Rebecca Valentine Pugh’s Gravesite in Bellefonte’s Union Cemetery

“The secret of its success is to be found in the indomitable perseverance of a small number of [the] public-spirited … who were determined it should not fail.” —Evan Pugh, Penn State President, 1864