"It is obviously a sad day for Maryland and Maryland Republicans," said Audrey Scott, former Maryland Republican Party chairwoman, who said Mr. Hug was a tremendous supporter when she served in that role. "He financially opened doors and helped me keep the party viable, and that's really important. That's the main responsibility of the state party chair. I found him to be invaluable. But I also found him to be a confidant and a friend. … He was always willing to listen. [He was] a real help to me in many, many ways."
She added, "Dick Hug will be missed. We will feel that loss in a very real way. He will not be easily replaced."
Mrs. Sauerbrey described Mr. Hug as "not politically correct" and someone who would embrace sometimes-unpopular causes he believed in, including his desire to raise tuition at University System of Maryland institutions.
"He constantly lived what he believed in," she said.
Services will be private, according to the Barranco and Sons funeral home in Severna Park, which is handling arrangements.
Mr. Hug is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois; a son, Donald R. Hug; a daughter, Cynthia H. Marino; four grandchildren; and a sister, the funeral home said.