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HUGH J. YARRINGTON, 70, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA after a year-long battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He was born September 9, 1942 in Neptune, NJ, the son of Hugh W. and Betsy M. Yarrington. Hugh earned his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law Center in 1967 after graduating from Randolph-Macon College in 1964 with a major in Social Sciences while playing quarterback on the football team. After serving in the Vietnam War in the Army, Hugh returned to Washington, DC in 1968 to work at Wilkinson, Cragun & Barker LLP before joining The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) in 1972 as an editor for its Environment Reporter. For over twenty years, Hugh played a key role in helping BNA transform itself from a publisher to an information company until leaving in 1993 as the firm's SVP for Operations. He moved to Chicago to work for CCH Inc, a tax and business law publisher, where he was General Counsel and later CEO until its successful sale to Dutch publishing giant Wolters Kluwer in 1995. Following the sale Hugh served on the firm's Executive Board along with running various business divisions until retiring in 2004. Hugh was an avid golfer who also loved reading. Never at a loss for an intellectual conversation and debate he particularly enjoyed discussing the latest developments in science and politics. He was a sought-after confidant and beloved friend to many. He is survived by his sister, Betsy (Hank) Swain and his five children: Ashley Y. (Matt) McKee, Jill Y. (Marcus) Jones, Elizabeth A. (Brian Richards), and their mother, Kathleen F. Yarrington; and Stephen J. and Anna I. Yarrington, and their mother Hebe Kloosterman; and his two grandchildren, John Y. and Katherine E. McKee. A celebration of life party will be held January 12 in Williamsburg. Please call 757-849-3011 for more information.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Jan. 6, 2013
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