Hughes, Paul E.

July 20, 2005

PAUL E. "ED" HUGHES, Former Tower Hill History Department Chair and Republic candidate for city office died Sunday, July 17, 2005 at his home in Sunset Beach, North Carolina after several years of battling cancer. Hughes who was serving his third term on Sunset Beach City Council retired to Sunset Beach in 1992. Born in Pennsboro, West Virginia in 1926, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland by parents John and Mary Hughes, Ed served in the Army Air Corp during the Second World War and later graduated from Loyola College where he was named an All American in lacrosse and played on the All South team in 1948 and 1949. He later received his Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Hughes moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1958 where he taught for 34 years, headed the History Department and served as Dean at Tower Hill. Over the course of his tenure there he introduced anthropology to the school curriculum and headed the summer school program. He founded the Junior Humanities Program for gifted inner city students, a model project about which he wrote a book and received the national Hollingworth Award. He was an intense head basketball coach for 14 years. He also coached football and started the golf team. He was a candidate for president of the City Council in Wilmington, Delaware and chaired the Republican City Committee. He was a frequent lecturer on current events and world affairs at Crosslands in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He was also a longtime manager of the Hagley Museum on the Brandywine River. He was a devoted husband, father, golfer and in later life, a painter. He loved crossword puzzles, his golfing buddies and a good steak. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Jody Hughes, daughters, Mary of Palo Alto, California and K.C. Halpern of Brookline, Massachusetts; sons Paul of Northeast, Maryland, John of Wilmington, Delaware, Mark of Bradenton, Florida and seven grandchildren. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9 A.M. Friday, July 22nd at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine where he and his family were long-time parishioners. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to The P. Edward Hughes History Award at Tower Hill School, 2813 West 17th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19806.

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