Peter Hughes (1945 - 2013)

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David "Peter" Hughes, of Englewood, Colorado, passed away at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on December 27, 2013 of complications from heart disease. Born in Welwyn Garden City, Herts, UK, Peter immigrated with his parents, Jack and Marguerite Hughes, and sister Susan to San Diego, California in 1957. Peter graduated from Pt. Loma High School (1962) and then from San Diego State University, (BS in Mechanical Engineering 1967). Peter then received his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley in 1971. Peter was preceded in passing by his parents and is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Julie (nee Bauer), their adult children, son Geoffrey and daughter Katherine. Survivors also include brother Jonathan (Allison), sister Susan Preston (Jack) and sister Michelle Cacace (Tony), two nephews, one niece, two great-nephews and one great-niece. During his forty-plus year career in construction law, Peter worked for Bechtel Corporation and then CH2M Hill Constructors, Inc., as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Peter specialized in contracts for industrial and heavy infrastructure projects with a focus on power and energy uses. Power plants (fossil and nuclear), offshore oil production platforms, natural gas production, airports, transit systems, and municipal water/wastewater facilities were all within the realm of Peter's professional expertise. Peter's projects were in the United States, Canada, the North Sea, Scotland, Egypt, Qatar, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. Peter spoke and wrote extensively on project risk management and development issues, including at The Construction SuperConference, the Design/Build Institute of America (DBIA), American Water Works Association, the State Bar of California, the International Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. At his passing, Peter was Executive Director of the Water Design-Build Council and was of counsel at the law firm of Polsinelli. Peter was a member of the national Legislative Committee of DBIA for whom he drafted and managed the passage of Colorado's Integrated Project Delivery legislation in 2007. Peter was a life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, and a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He was licensed to practice law in California and Colorado and was admitted to the US, California and Colorado Supreme Courts, the US Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit, and US District Court-Northern California. A proud Rotarian and Past President of the Denver Tech Center (DTC) Rotary Club for 2010-11, he chaired the Water & Sanitation Task Force of Rotary District 5450 (N. Colorado). Peter was also a happy, member in good standing of the Rocky Mountain Region Morgan Owners Group. Peter loved to motor the roads of Colorado in his brilliant, red, 1972 Morgan Four Four, 4-Seater, the top down, wind in his silvery mane. A voracious reader, student and lover of history, Peter's personal library could easily serve the needs of a small city! One of his greatest life accomplishments was the extensive genealogical study and publication of a Hughes & Bauer Family History going as far back as very early 18th century Wales, England, France and Germany. Educated, worldly, wise and kind, a cross word rarely escaped his lips: Peter will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00PM, Friday, January 10, 2014 at St. Gabriel The Archangel Episcopal Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO www.stgabriels.org. Donations in Peter's name to the DTC Rotary Foundation www.dtcrotary.org are welcome and greatly appreciated.
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Published in Denver Post on Jan. 8, 2014
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