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The Washington Times Friday, November 11, 1988 'Miss Augusta,' 98, heroine to U.S. vets

  Augusta Landis Furman, 98, "Miss Augusta" to thousands of American veterans and six presidents, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Suburban Hospital. Her secretarial and administrative career with veterans agencies spanned more than 30 years. Born in Oxford, N.C., she was the daughter of Civil War Capt. Augustus Landis, who commanded the Granville Grays, and she may have been the last surviving child of a Confederate Civil War officer. A graduate of the Women's College of the University of North Carolina, she moved to Washington in 1918 to work for Bernard Baruch at the old War Industries Board. In 1919, she joined the Bureau of War Risk Insurance, a forerunner of the Veterans Administration. In 1923, she became secretary to the head of the old Veterans Bureau, which became the VA in 1932.