Harry Roe Hughes, the governor of Maryland from 1979 until 1987, has died, according to his family. He was 92. (Ulysses Muñoz, Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun video)
Maryland's 57th governor, Harry R. Hughes, died Wednesday at his home on the Eastern Shore. He is being remembered for his many years serving the state.
Gov. Larry Hogan
“The First Lady and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Governor Harry Hughes, a longtime friend and Maryland legend whom I deeply admired. His dedication to our great state — as a distinguished member of the Maryland General Assembly and as our 57th governor — and his service to our nation as a member of the Navy Air Corps during World War II leave a legacy behind that will be forever remembered.
“Our most sincere prayers are with his two daughters, Ann and Elizabeth, his family, friends, and loved ones in this time of grieving. We will give him the celebration of life that he truly deserves.”
“Incredibly saddened to learn of Governor Harry Hughes’ passing today. Gov. Hughes served the people of Maryland with distinction, and was a fierce protector of our Chesapeake Bay. My wife Monica and I extend our deepest sympathies to Gov. Hughes’ family and friends, and pray for their comfort during this time of grief.”
House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch
Gov. Harry Hughes was a friend whose legacy as a public servant will never be forgotten. I will always remember him for his steadfast dedication to the Chesapeake Bay. https://t.co/abjUKgygHp
Governor Hughes led Maryland with honesty, consistency, integrity and compassion. He understood that many of the most important functions of government were not those that drew the biggest headlines, and he would not shy from taking on intricately complex issues.
Harry Hughes lived a life of service to our country and his beloved Maryland. A model of integrity, he always put public interest first. I fondly recall many talks with him about one of his great legacies—protecting the Bay. Katherine and I send our condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/E7YjDHEoT6
Today Maryland lost a true champion. I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and mentor, Gov. Harry Hughes. Harry was a man of great decency, compassion, and empathy and he will be truly missed. https://t.co/asjhBRjJd2
“I join my fellow Marylanders in mourning the passing of former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes.
“After serving the nation in war, Governor Hughes embarked on a remarkable life of public service, serving our state as a Delegate, State Senator, Maryland Secretary of Transportation, and Governor. Having dedicated more than three decades of service to Maryland, his impact on our state was tremendous — and it will be lasting.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Comptroller Peter Franchot
Remembering an extraordinary Marylander, Harry Hughes - our 57th Governor - who died today at the age of 92. Gov. Hughes was a reformer who governed with absolute integrity and who never forgot that he was a servant of the people. He was a dear friend who I'll miss terribly. pic.twitter.com/GcUagC6Rdh
Ed Fry, board president of the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology
“The passing of Governor Harry Hughes is a great loss to our state and the Chesapeake Bay region. His tireless dedication to building consensus among varying stakeholder interests and finding real solutions was a hallmark of his personal character and his style of leadership. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time.”
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party
“Governor Hughes’ life and career was a testament to his leadership, judgement, and commitment to making Maryland the best place to live, work, and conduct business. As a two-time former Maryland Democratic Party Chair, we especially honor his contributions to building our Party and extend our deepest condolences to his family.”
MSL mourns the passing of former Governor Harry Hughes. We fondly remember his visit to MSL at our annual gala in 2008. Governor Hughes lived a life of service to his beloved Maryland. We extend our condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/9qBcTGtuPK