2. B.S. In Anthropology
Laurie attended Selwyn College in Cambridge as a young man as a result of family tradition. His father attended the college and encouraged the young Hugh to as well.
Laurie graduated from Selwyn College with a B.S. in Anthropology and Archeology. His specialization is in social anthropology.
He states that a big reason he studied the subject was because it wasn’t very difficult. He could spend his time practicing for the rowing team – a lifelong passion of his – rather than studying for exams.
Laurie’s father was also a successful oarsman at Cambridge. In many ways, he says that he was trying to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the rowing team. He was a member of the junior coxed pair that won the British national title in 1977. He also won a “Blue” (a university award for competition at the highest level of a sport) during the 1980 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race as part of a coxless pair.
At this time, Laurie began seriously training for a career in rowing. He has stated that he was training up to eight hours per day with a goal of becoming an Olympic-standard rower. Unfortunately, his career as an oarsman ended after a bout with mononucleosis (glandular fever). He was no longer able to train with the team during this time so he joined the dramatic club at the university instead.