Saturday, November 17, 2018

Ronnie Pogue

Ronnie Pogue was one of the persons interviewed on the "Reflections" television program produced by the St. Tammany Parish School System several years ago. Pogue, a well-known educator for years, was a Playmakers little theater favorite as well. Here is a video of the interview program, hosted by Marian Arrowsmith.

Click on the "play" triangle in the center of the picture below to start the video. 

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Above is a group photograph of the Lyon High 1945 Boys Varsity Basketball Team in Covington. On the bottom row, jersey number four, is Ronnie Pogue. Coach Hubie Gallagher is back row, at left.

Ronnie Pogue, Jack Loup and Troy Jackson

Ronnie Pogue and Louis Wagner 

The dedication of the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex in 2007 also brought together some former principals who served as administrators during the history of the building. Principals who came to see the results of the renovation of the building included, front row, left to right, Ralph Menetre, Roxanne Lagarde, Ronnie Pogue, and back row, left to right, Lawton McKee, Jack Loup, and Henri Ferrer. 

In an old photograph showing the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park in Covington are C. J. "Cyp" Schoen at left, Ronnie Pogue on top, and Beverly Thibodeaux. 

In 1975 he became president of the Covington Rotary Club

Ronnie and Bettie Pogue
Roswell "Ronnie" Adolph Pogue was born in New Orleans and moved to Covington at the age of 3.  An avid athlete, he played football and basketball at Covington High, earning All-State honors as a point guard in 1946. He also worked as a soda jerk at the old pharmacy at the corner of Boston and New Hampshire streets and as a lifeguard at Bogue Falaya Park. 
As a teenager, he loved to play ping pong and has a few trophies to prove it. He could often be found shooting pool at Nathan’s Bar and Grill as an under-age teen, reportedly hiding under the table when the constable occasionally walked by. His friends included Cyp Schoen, Troy Jackson, Hank Ferrer and Ralph Menetre.

Pogue went on to study education at both LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University. After graduating SLU, he was drafted and served a short enlistment in the post-war Army. He then met his future wife, Bettie Ramagos, at the Southeast Louisiana State Mental Hospital where he was physical education coordinator and she was a nurse. They married in 1957 and raised four sons,
Les, Alan, David and Ros.

A career educator, Pogue served as a classroom teacher, girl’s basketball coach, principal and School Board Supervisor. He served on the Covington City Council and made a run for Mayor. He was President of many civic organizations in Covington, including the Rotary Club, the United Way,  Community Concerts and
Playmakers Theater. He loved amateur theater, performing in 50 plays throughout his life with Playmakers.

After retirement he went into business, first owning a Precision Tune and then three restaurants with his wife, Bettie.  His love of fishing led him to spend many a day in his boat on the Tchefuncte River or at his camp on Bayou Lacombe. A big LSU fan with season tickets for many years, he picnicked on a real tailgate at many home games before it became a fad.
Ronnie Pogue died on January 1, 2021, at age 90, survived by his wife of 63 years, Bettie.