In Memoriam: Auguste K. Clough


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death August 9, 2005 of retiree Auguste K. Clough of Wentworth, NH after a brief illness.  He was 93.

Born June 16, 1912 in Wentworth, NH, Auguste "Gus" Clough attended Concord, NH, schools and was graduated from Concord High School in 1930.  He held a number of jobs during his life, including working as a truck driver for the U.S. Forest Service in the 1930s and as an assistant to "The Great Lester" in the Traveling Magic Show which toured the East Coast.

He moved to Falmouth in 1941 and worked briefly for his brother at Clough and Higgins Trucking in Hyannis before joining Eldridge and Bourne Moving & Storage in Hyannis. He worked for the firm from 1940 to 1963, serving as a foreman many of those years.

He joined the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution staff in July 1963 as a utility man in Buildings and Grounds, supervised by Harold Backus.  He was promoted to Buildings Maintenance Supervisor in 1965, with responsibilities for the supervision of custodial personnel, ordering cleaning supplies, furniture and equipment placement, and grounds maintenance.  He was promoted to Facilities and Maintenance Supervisor in 1974, and retired from the Institution in June 1977.

After his retirement from WHOI, he and his wife Hazel spent time at their home in West Falmouth, in Ocklawaha, Florida, and in New Hampshire.

He is survived by a daughter, Gwen Erwin of Clayton, GA; two sons, Auguste G. Clough and Dennis J. Clough, both of West Falmouth, MA; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-greatgranddaughters; two sisters, Yvonne Qunst of Chadds Ford, PA and Virginia Keith of Wentworth, NH; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held August 11, 2005 in Plymouth, New Hampshire.


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