Frances Pugh, a former grants administrator at the National Institutes of Health, died of arteriosclerosis Sept. 18 at Brooke Grove nursing home in Sandy Spring.

She was 106 and had lived independently at Leisure World in Silver Spring until entering the Brooke Grove facility a year ago.

The death was confirmed by her daughter Gertrude Summers.

Frances Henrietta Schulte was born in Meire Grove, Minn., a heavily German area. Until World War I, German was the language of instruction in the public schools.

In 1927, she came to the Washington area. She worked as a secretary at the Interstate Commerce Commission but spent most of her 41-year federal government career at NIH, where she retired as a grants administrator in 1968.

She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Her first husband, Lewis Jackson, whom she married in 1931, died in 1971. In 1980, she married Chauncey Pugh. He died in 1982.

A daughter from her first marriage, Mary Patricia Lovenstein, died in 2002.

Survivors include three children from her first marriage, William Jackson of Silver Spring, Gertrude Summers of Potomac and Louise Fisher of Rockville; three sisters; one brother; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes