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Hugh O. La Bounty

September 22, 1927 November 7, 2018
Hugh  O. La Bounty
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Hugh La Bounty It is with great sadness that the family of Hugh O. La Bounty, Ed.D.,
announce his passing on November 7, 2018 of natural causes. He was 91 years old..
Hugh will be lovingly remembered by his wife Judy of 31 years and his children:
Brian (Monica), Mark (Roberta), Kim (Dan Harris), Paul (Judith) and Eric. His ten
grand children will also remember Hugh: Jennifer (Justin Wodarck), Ryan (Carla),
Britini (Matt Johnson), Brent (Christine), Scott, Michael, Nicholas, Grant, Matthew
and Gwen. Hugh will also be missed by his six great grandchildren: Maya, Gavin,
Makala, Caroline, Blake and Morgan. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1927 and reared in Long Beach, California, he was the son of Hugh and Dorothy La Bounty. His sisters Joan Kilty and Doris Simmonds preceded him in death. His first wife, Gwen, of thirty-five years passed away in 1985. Dr. La Bounty attended schools in Long Beach and graduated in 1945 when he enlisted in the Navy. Upon his discharge after WWII ended, he enrolled in Humboldt State in Eureka, CA. Because he missed his family and Southern California weather, Hugh transferred to the University of Redlands where he earned his Bachelor and Master's degrees in History. He received his Doctorate in Higher Education at UCLA in 1961. His career was devoted to higher education, having served California Polytechnic University at Pomona for 38 years. He was President of the institution for 14 years. His professional interest focused on planning and development and international projects. His main responsibility was planning the development of the Cal Poly Kellogg Campus. In the course of that development, the institution grew from 300 students in 1953 to 22,000 in 1991 when he retired. His international activities included University-USAID sponsored in Tanzania, Greece, North Yeman and South Korea. He and his wife Judy served as educational consultants to a ministry in the People's Republic of China. Dr. La Bounty co-authored a textbook on California government. Two of his speeches were published in “Vital Speeches” in the eighties. Throughout his career, he had leadership responsibilities in national professional associations. He was the recipient of three honorary doctorates. Hugh was appointed to the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development by President Reagan. He served in that capacity from 1985-1990. After retirement from Cal Poly Pomona in 1991, he and Judy moved to Oceanside. He was engaged in local activities as a Director on the Board at the Mission San Luis Rey and Chaired the El Corazon Committee to plan for the 468 acre park in Oceanside. He was a founding member of the Oceanside Economic Commission. He was a Consultant at California State University at San Marcos during its very early years. He was a member of the Oceanside Rotary, the Oceanside Museum of Art and the First Presbyterian Church. He was a past Director of the Los Angeles County Fair Board. The La Bounty's moved to the retirement community of La Costa Glen in Carlsbad, in 2013. A Celebration of Hugh's life will be at the GlenBrook Nursing Facility in the La Costa Glen Community. A forthcoming community celebration will be held at the El Corazon Senior Center in Oceanside, California. A private burial at sea has taken place. Memorial donations in memory of Dr. La Bounty are welcome at the charity of your choice.


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