David Arnold Hughes of Distant Island entered eternal rest, Monday, September 23 in North Bethesda, MD, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Laura. David moved to South Carolina after a successful career as a mechanical engineer that included positions at Con Edison and Union Carbide. He retired from PepsiCo in 2005; he was director of facilities at Pepsi’s worldwide headquarters in Harrison, NY. Throughout his career, Dave received numerous architectural awards. He especially was known for his commitment to the environment, helping to design efficient waste water treatment plants and facilities built to preserve trees and natural surroundings. Upon relocating to S.C., Dave worked as Manager for Capital Improvement Implementation with the Beaufort County Government Engineering Division, until his second retirement.
Dave served in the United States Army as a helicopter crew chief. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. Dave graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.
In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by aunts, Ruby Woods Carter of Dillon, S.C. and Swanson W. Woods, Allendale, S.C.; step-daughter, Shirley Clarke, Olney, MD; three granddaughters, six great grandchildren, and a host of cousins and devoted friends.
In lieu of flowers, Dave’s family requests donations in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research, www.stjude.org.
Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery on a date to be announced later.
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