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April 1, 2010

Florence Pyle, 94, Lewisburg

LEWISBURG -- Florence Pyle, 94, a longtime resident of Lewisburg, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in the emergency room at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

She was born April 15, 1915, in Huron, S.D., the only child of John Shields and Florence (Bruce) Pyle. Her early years were spent in South Dakota on land claims in Butte and Fall River counties and in Huron and Belle Fourche. The family later moved to Dormont, a Pittsburgh suburb.

A 1932 graduate and class valedictorian of Mount Lebanon High School, she continued her education at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie-Mellon University, graduating in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in public school music. While there, she was a member of the scholastic fraternity Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional and honorary fraternity for women in music. In 1954, Florence received a master of arts degree from Bucknell University.

Florence taught and supervised music classes in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, schools from 1936 to 1939 and taught music privately from 1939 to 1942. In 1943, she entered college administration at Briarcliff Junior College, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. In 1947, she joined the staff at Bucknell University, retiring as registrar emeritus in 1977. She also served as assistant secretary of the board of trustees. In 1972, she received the Wilkinson Award for Administrative Excellence.

From the time she became a member in 1926, Florence was active in Girl Scouts throughout her life. She served as leader, program adviser, counselor and administrator at several Girl Scout camps and as a board member on numerous committees. President of the local council from 1958 to 1963, she was active in the formation of the Hemlock Council. For several years, she served Hemlock as its director of public relations on a volunteer basis and also served as president from 1979 to 1982. For many years, she was the council's historian and archivist. She received the Golden Eaglet, Thanks Badge, Thanks Badge II and the Hemlock Award.

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