Hughes, M.D. Dr. Ann Dr. Ann Hughes, M.D. passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013, after a two-year battle with renal cancer. She died peacefully in her sleep, attended by friends and family, at her home in Dallas, at the age of 83. Born on September 3, 1929, in Oak Cliff, Ann Hughes was the third child and the only daughter of Eugene Hanszen and Gillian Whitman Hanszen. Ann's two brothers, Bill and Eugene, predeceased her. She attended Hockaday School and graduated Crozier Tech High School at age 16. Ann was accepted to Southern Methodist University where she was a member of the Pi Phi sorority. In college she met and married Robert Hughes. They had two children, Ann Louise Hughes and Robert Hughes, Jr., married to Tracy. She later adopted another daughter, Mindy Wilensky, married to Richard. Ann married a second time, to Dr. John Kinross-Wright, who predeceased her. Ann viewed John's children, Jade Browning and John Kinross-Wright, Jr., as her own. In 1959, Dr. Hughes was a member of the first class to graduate women from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Subsequently she began resident studies in psychiatry. Dr. Hughes was named a Diplomate to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1966 and later appointed Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Hughes dedicated her professional life to the care and treatment of children in overcoming mental illness, often occasioned by abuse, abandonment, substance abuse or trouble with the law. In 1972, she founded Discovery Land, an adolescent psychiatric hospital without walls, the first and only hospital of its kind. She served as medical director of Discovery Land from 1972 to 1983. Dr. Hughes was innovative in treating young people with emotional disorders by teaching team work, self-sufficiency and group survival in a variety of wilderness settings. After her retirement from the practice of medicine, Dr. Hughes became an inveterate traveler and an avid art collector. She spent a year backpacking through the American West and a summer white-water rafting in Costa Rica. Throughout her life, she hiked and camped on six continents. She loved the mountains and before returning to Dallas, she lived in Santa Fe and Angel Fire, New Mexico as well as Woody Creek, Colorado, where she was neighbor to the late Hunter S. Thompson. For many years she was owner and curator of Ann Hughes Fine Art on Fairmont Street in Dallas. Dr. Hughes is survived by her children, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and her beloved cat, Daisy. Known for her dry wit and pragmatic advice, Ann Hughes was not one to stand on ceremony. She chose to be cremated and requested her life be celebrated with food, music and especially laughter. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Dallas Visiting Nurses Association or Meals on Wheels.
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Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2013