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Pye, Watts O. Dr. 1858-1926

 
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Monterey Peninsula Daily Herald, CA Jan. 18, 1926 p1
P.G. Woman’s Kin Passes in China
News of the death in Fenchow, China, of the Rev. Dr. Watts O. Pye, missionary leader, councilor to Chinese statesmen, educator and nationally known lecturer in the United States, has been received by his sister, Mrs. Gladys Chew, 366 Central avenue, Pacific Grove, it was learned today. Dr. Pye died suddenly on January 12, according to a telegram received by Mrs. Chew from the American Board of Missions, Boston. This agency was notified of the death by cable from Fenchow. The cause of death was not stated. Dr. Pye was a visitor in Pacific Grove for several weeks last summer where he spoke frequently at the mayflower Congregational church. He returned to China on October 1, after completing a year’s furlough from his work in China, during which he lectured extensively in the eastern states. While Dr. Pye was in this country he spoke at the First Congregational church of Washington, D.C., the church attended by President Coolidge. Following this Dr. Pye was called ‘into conference with the President, a meeting at which Dr. Pye is said to have given valuable advice on this country’s oriental relations.’ Dr. A.E. Kelsey, head of the national board of missions, has referred to Dr. Pye as the “general of the missionaries.” Since 1907 Dr. Pye has been stationed at Fenchow. His only leave of absence during that time was the one which he spent in this country last year. The Chinese government held Dr. Pye in high esteem. It is understood, for he was placed in charge of all the educational institutions in the province of Shansi. During the recent revolutionary troubles in China, Dr. Pye is said to have been called into the councils of the Chinese government. Many honors were conferred upon him for his lifelong missionary work. Dr. Pye leaves his wife, and one small son, Lucien, both of whom are now living at Fenchow. Other relatives are a brother, Ernest Pye, presiden of the American College and Seminary at Athens, Greece, and two sisters, Miss Hazel Pye, a school teacher in northern California, and Mrs. Gladys Chew of Pacific Grove. The deceased was 68 years old, a native of Faribault, Minnesota. He graduated from Carlton College, Ohio. He was sent to Fenchow in 1907 by the national missionary board.
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