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Richard A. Hughes, 92, longtime English professor; May 26, 1919 -- June 11, 2011

Richard Alan Hughes, a longtime English professor, died June 11 in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 92.

Born in Peterborough, England, Mr. Hughes trained at the Royal Albert Hall School of Dramatic Arts in London. In 1939, he enlisted in the British army infantry as a private in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. he served for seven years, retirng as a major.

Mr. Hughes moved to the United State in the early 1960s. In the late 1960s, he earned his master's degree in English from the University at Buffalo, where he later taught English. He also taught at Fredonia State College and Canisius College.

For 20 years, he taught at the Erie Community College South Campus. Hughes Hall on the campus is named in his honor.

After the death in 1991 of his first wife of 37 years, Jocelyn Rose Hernfield Hughes, a Hilbert College dean, Mr. Hughes retired in 1996 and moved from Orchard Park to Florida. He met his second wife, the former Angela von Sender, at the British American Club of Punta Gorda, where he had served as president for several years.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hughes is survived by a daughter, Miranda, and a son, Anthony.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. July 29 in Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg.


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