Hugh J. Yarrington, publishing executive

Hugh J. Yarrington, an executive board member of Wolters Kluwer N.V., a European information services company, died Nov. 20 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va. He was 70 and a Williamsburg resident.

He had complications from multiple myeloma cancer, said his daughter Ashley McKee.

From 1972 to 1993, Mr. Yarrington was a publisher and senior vice president of operations at the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington. He then moved to Chicago to serve as president and chief executive of CCH, a tax publishing and research company that was sold to Wolters Kluwer in 1995. He became an executive board member in 1999 and helped oversee business operations in the United States, Canada and the Pacific.

He settled in Washington in 2003 and retired a year later. He remained active in an advisory capacity and served on a number of other corporate boards.

Hugh James Yarrington was born in Neptune, N.J. He was a 1964 graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., where he was a quarterback on the football team. He graduated from George Washington University law school in 1967. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

His memberships included the Burning Tree Country Club in Bethesda and Anheuser-Busch’s Kingsmill Resort and Golf Club in Williamsburg.

His marriages to Kathleen Foley Yarrington and Hebe Kloosterman ended in divorce.

Survivors include three daughters from his first marriage, Ashley McKee and Elizabeth Yarrington, both of Chicago, and Jill Jones of Richmond; two children from his second marriage, Stephen Yarrington and Anna Yarrington, both of Lanexa, Va.; a sister; and two grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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