Dr. Eugene Morgan Hughes
Norvel Owens Mortuary - Flagstaff
914 E. Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ

Dr. Eugene Morgan Hughes, former president of Northern Arizona University, Wichita State University, and Eastern Kentucky University, passed away on March 10, 2021 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Gene was born in Scottsbluff, Neb. on April 3, 1934 to Hazel Marie (Griffith) and Ruby Melvin Hughes. He is most deeply missed by his three children: Deborah (Hughes) Cruze (Gary), Greg Hughes (Barbara), and Lisa Hughes Zyriek (Don); seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and first wife, Caroline (Hartwig) Hughes. He is also survived by his second wife, Margaret Ann (Romeo) Hughes, and her children and grandchildren. Additional information can be found at norvelowensmortuary.com/obituary/gene-hughes.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at NAU's Kitt Recital Hall at 1115 Knoles Drive in Flagstaff. The celebration will begin at 3:30 P.M. with a reception to follow. The family invites the public to attend and wear their blue and gold NAU attire.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 21 by phone at (928) 523-3672 or via email at [email protected] Free parking information will be provided after you RSVP.

If you are unable to attend in person, the Celebration of Life will be livestreamed via nau.edu/hughesmemorial.

Published by Arizona Daily Sun on Jul. 18, 2021.
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Gene was like a father to me while I was at NAU. During Mom & Dads Day, he proudly wore a 'Band Day' ribbon and always waved from across the stadium. He attended many other musical events and also slipped me a faculty 'blue' parking sticker during my final year. All good memories. Thanks to his children, for leading me a sliver of their dad, when I needed one. Heartfelt sympathies.
Karla Fredell
March 30, 2021
Gene, from a Tennessee Colonel to a Kentucky Colonel I salute you sir, Godspeed. For Marge and the family, especially Barb and Greg may you always have "Fair winds and Following Seas". JM
John McLaughlin, DDS
March 24, 2021
So sorry to hear about Gene. What a great man. He was an inspiration to many and will forever be remembered in the Flagstaff community. RIP Gene
Rick Rogers
March 23, 2021
To the Hughes family, my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful and caring leader, mentor and friend. He will be so missed. He taught me so much and I will be forever grateful for his friendship and leadership. Prayers to you all and much love. I pray for your peace and comfort at this most difficult time.
Nancy Serenbetz
March 22, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Hughes family. Dr. Hughes will be greatly missed.
George Van Otten
March 22, 2021
On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Hughes. Sherry Crose, Executive Director Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
Sherry Crose
March 22, 2021
Greg and family so sorry for your loss he was a great man he will always be with you and yours Hjelmi
hjelmi hazelton
March 21, 2021
Softly within the shadows there came a general call. With farewells left unspoken, you quietly left us all. Gene, you are now resting in God´s hands. We will miss you.
Sandra Dannenfeldt & Gary Sammut
March 21, 2021
Gene's legacy is huge. He contributed so much to higher education and the communities in which he lived. My sincere condolences to all the members of his family, many of whom I knew well, and especially to Margaret, my former boss and mentor. Tony Armenta
Tony Armenta
March 21, 2021
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