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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thomas J. Hughes Navy Vice Admiral

Thomas J. Hughes, 82, a retired Navy vice admiral who later was president of the Navy Federal Credit Union, died Jan. 13 of congestive heart failure at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. He lived near Jeffersonton in Culpeper County.

Adm. Hughes was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He graduated from Harvard University while serving in the Navy and received a master's degree in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1962.

He had combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars and was the commander of the USS John King, a destroyer; the USS Thuban, an attack cargo ship; and the USS Chikaskia, an oiler. He also commanded a destroyer squadron off South Vietnam.

Adm. Hughes served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the mid-1906s and had three tours in the office of the chief of naval operations, with oversight on budget, personnel and logistics. He retired in 1987 as deputy chief of naval operations for logistics.

His decorations included six awards of the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and two Joint Service Commendation medals.

After his Navy retirement, Adm. Hughes became president and chief executive of the Navy Federal Credit Union. Upon his retirement from that position, after nine years, he received the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award.

He also served on the Thrift Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve and on the boards of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions and the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He was also an adviser to the Visa board of directors.

He lived in Alexandria for many years before moving in 2002 to Monterey, Calif., where he taught financial management at the Naval Postgraduate School for five years. While there, he received a distinguished alumnus award and other honors for his service. He settled in Culpeper County in 2007.

His first wife, Hazel Hughes, died in 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Nancy R. Hughes of Jeffersonton; eight children from his first marriage, Thomas Hughes of Bodega Bay, Calif., Alex Hughes of Little River, S.C., Kevin Hughes of Jeffersonton, Theresa Hosch of Springfield, Mo., Kathleen Olsen of Rosemont in Montgomery County, Patricia Craddock of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mark Hughes and Michael Hughes, both of Fairfax City; a stepdaughter, Lisa Vesper of Santa Fe, N.M.; a brother; two half brothers; two half sisters; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

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