From a contemporary press report
Richard M. “Mac” Hughes, 71, a Navy Captain who retired in 1983 from the Chief of Naval Operations' office as Director of the Attack Submarine Section, died of prostate cancer December 14, 2002, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Annandale, Virginia.
Captain Hughes, whose naval career was devoted to the submarine service, was a native of Athens, Ohio, and a 1955 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. His commands included the submarine Billfish and the sub tender Fulton. Among his honors was a Legion of Merit.
After he retired from the Pentagon, he worked for two Navy contractors, American Systems Corp. and PDI Corp.
He was a member of the Navy Submarine League and the personnel committee at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Burke.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Joyce Hughes of Annandale; four children, Douglas Hughes of Wheaton, Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Hughes of Saratoga Springs, New York, Susan Resch of Erdenheim, Pennsylvania., and Gail Hughes of Washington; and seven grandchildren.
HUGHES, RICHARD McBURNEY (Mac)
CAPT. USN (Ret.)
On Saturday, December 14, 2002, in Falls Church, VA. Beloved husband of Mary Joyce Hughes; father of Douglas Hughes of Wheaton, MD, Cdr. Jeffrey Hughes of Saratoga Springs, NY, Susan Resch of Philadelphia, PA and Gail Hughes of Washington, DC. Also survived by daughter-in-law; Amy Hughes, son-in-law, Robert Resch; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Stephen and Kate Hughes, Matthew, Jessica and Sam del Rio and Timothy Resch and a close cousin, Thomas J. Bradshaw of Gallopolis, OH. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 19 at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 9203 Braddock Rd., Burke, VA 22015. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery on January 8, 2003 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to “Life with Cancer,” INOVA Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042.
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