Barbara W. McHugh, Washington pianist, dies at 105

January 17
Barbara W. McHugh
pianist

Barbara W. McHugh, a pianist who gave private lessons and performed with Washington-area music groups, died Jan. 5 at her daughter’s home in Penngrove, Calif. She was 105.

The cause was complications from dementia, said her daughter, Elaine McHugh.

Mrs. McHugh taught piano lessons from her home in the 1940s and 1950s. She was a member of the Friday Morning Music Club, a group of Washington-area musicians, and was an accompanist for the Washington Savoyards and other light opera companies.

Barbara Huntington Whitman was born in Bangor, Maine, and in 1932 received a diploma as a “soloist in pianoforte” from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She settled in the Washington area in 1943 and had lived in Silver Spring for five decades before moving to Penngrove in 2005.

Her husband of 51 years, Loughlin F. McHugh, died in 1991. Survivors include two children, Loughlin F. McHugh Jr. of Oakland, Calif., and Elaine McHugh of Penngrove; and a granddaughter.

— Emily Langer