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.