The Loyola University Maryland community is mourning the death of Richard E. Hug, an Emeritus member of the University’s Board of Trustees and chairman and CEO of Hug Enterprises Inc. Hug passed away May 4, 2013, at the age of 78.
Hug was first elected to Loyola’s Board of Trustees in 1987 and he attained Emeritus status after his term expired in 1993. The Richard & Lois Hug Lounge in the Francis X. Knott, S.J., Humanities Center on Loyola’s Evergreen campus is named for Hug and his wife in honor of their generosity and service to Loyola.
For 22 years until his retirement in 1995, Hug served as president, chairman and CEO of Environmental Elements Corporation, a company specializing in air pollution control systems for the utility and industrial markets. After retirement, Hug became one of the most prominent philanthropists and political fundraisers in Maryland, leading numerous fundraising efforts that benefitted the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the United Way, and the University of Maryland Medical System, among many other organizations.
Hug led political fundraising efforts in Maryland for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, former President George W. Bush, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
He sat on numerous boards in addition to Loyola's Board of Trustees, including the University System of Maryland Foundation.
Hug was a 1956 graduate of Duke University.