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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. During the 1930s, she inspected veterans' facilities and visited Capitol Hill to help press veterans' claims. The American Legion, at its 1938 national convention in Los Angeles, gave a special citation to Miss Augusta, who, it said, "ranks at the top of the class for service to leaders in the nation's service." In 1945, she was elevated to administrative assistant to the head of the VA and held the post until 1951, when she retired as assistant to Gen. Omar Bradley.