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John E. Hughes ’47

Published in Dec. 11, 1996, issue

Ned died May 6, 1996, at his home in Deer Isle, Maine, after a long illness. He came to Princeton from Exeter in the summer of 1943, served in the Army Air Corps, and returned to Princeton after the war to take his degree. An English major at Princeton, he went on to teach English at Lawrenceville.

After his stint at Lawrenceville, Ned went to Oxford, where he received an MA with honors. He then taught for a year at St. Columba's College in Dublin. Returning to this country, he accepted a position at the Verde Valley School in Arizona. Two years later he went to Brooklyn Poly Prep. In 1957 he moved to Boston as a member of the founding faculty of Commonwealth School. There he taught for 31 years. This school was established as a city academy to include the resources of Boston as part of the curriculum. Ned took pride in creating awareness in his students of the city's part in their lives.

While on the Commonwealth faculty, Ned spent his sabbatical leaves doing literary research at Oxford and teaching American literature at Copenhagen and Fyn universities in Denmark. After retiring in 1988, he moved to Deer Isle, where he spent his last years.

To Ned's wife, Peggy, his stepdaughter, Sarah Creighton, and his stepson, William Creighton, the class extends its warmest sympathy.

The Class of 1947

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