Henry Gilmore Hughes, 89, BGE supervisor, veteran

July 31, 2005

Henry Gilmore Hughes, an Army veteran of World War II and a retired supervisor at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. died Monday of undetermined causes in Oak Crest Village. He was 89 and had lived in Lutherville for 50 years before moving to Oak Crest Village in 1996.

Born in Branchville, his family was originally from Harford County, and Mr. Hughes was a descendant of John Hall Hughes, a Revolutionary War officer and farmer. Mr. Hughes was a 1934 graduate of Forest Park High School in Baltimore and attended the McCoy Evening College of the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1941, he married Katherine Kirk of Roland Park.

In 1942, Mr. Hughes entered the Army with the 110th Field Artillery Regiment, 29th Division. Later, as quartermaster staging officer, he was responsible for supplies used by the regiment in the North African landings and the invasion on Italy. He was later assigned to the Pacific, where he was commanding officer of the 507th Port Company attached to the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade.

In 1946, he was one of the officers selected to reorganize the 110th Field Artillery. Mr. Hughes served in the National Guard until 1961, retiring with the rank of major as a general staff officer for logistics in the 29th Division. In 1994, he was appointed as a distinguished member of the 110th Field Artillery Regiment by the adjutant general of Maryland.

Mr. Hughes began working for BGE in 1935, and he retired in 1981 as a general supervisor in the telephone service section, customer relations.

He had been a member of the Hampton Elementary PTA, the Central Area Advisory Council of the Baltimore County School District, the National Guard Association, Boumi Temple & Scottish Rite, American Legion Parkville Post 183 and Larkspur Post 110 of the 29th Division Association. He also had been an election judge in Baltimore County and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Lutherville since 1956.

A memorial service was held Thursday.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by a daughter, Kathy Ferra of Eldersburg; three sons, Robert Kirk Hughes of Reisterstown, Henry Gilmore Hughes Jr. of Powhatan, Va., and Brian Davis Hughes of Shrewsbury, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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