Robert Joseph McHugh

Capt Robert “Bob” J. McHugh JR USN (Ret) passed away from complications of colon cancer on 13 October 1993 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee.  Bob was born on 5 February 1934 in Scranton, Pennsylvania and grew up in Selma, Alabama, graduating from Alfred G. Parish High School.  He attended Spring Hill College prior to his appointment to the Naval Academy, as a member of the 19th company. 


Bob was commissioned in the Navy and served on three ships before transferring to the Civil Engineering Corps.  He then had two shore assignments, deployment to Vietnam in 1965, and a tour of duty with Naval Accounts United Kingdom.  In 1971, he was again in Vietnam, then to Thailand and Okinawa, and on to two stateside command tours between 1979 and his retirement in 1982.  Robert’s military awards included the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star with Combat cluster.


In his second career, Bob served as Vice President of Booker Associates in St Louis and later, as Vice President  of Sverdrup Corporation until his death.  In addition to his Academy degree, Bob also completed degrees as a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.  He was a registered Professional Engineer in three states. 


Bob married Nancy Melson of Annapolis on 27 June 1959.   Robert and Nancy have three children; daughters, Kathleen Cochran and Maureen Bond, and son, Robert McHugh, as well as twelve grandchildren.  Nancy lives in Franklin, Tennessee and enjoys church activities and close friends.  Bob is also survived by a sister and brother.