The funeral service will be at noon Thursday at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.
“The kind of humble, unassuming guy that he always was, he did not want to lie in state in the State House,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. “We wanted to honor him, but he wanted it more low-key.”
He died March 13 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease and had been in hospice. He was 92.
Hughes came into power as the governor in the wake of corruption scandals in Maryland. Gov. Marvin Mandel had been convicted of political corruption, a conviction that was later overturned. And Gov. Spiro T. Agnew, who left office to become vice president under President Richard Nixon, had pleaded no contest to income tax evasion.
“He became governor after a turbulent time, at a time when the state really needed him,” Hogan said, adding that Hughes was “way ahead of his time” on issues including civil rights and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.
Hughes is survived by two daughters: Ann Fink and son-in-law Michael, and Elizabeth R. Hughes and her partner, Terrie; a grandson, Andrew; as well as nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
Those who want to send memorial donations may send them to the following organizations:
Harry R. Hughes Agro-Ecology Center
124 Wye Narrows Drive
PO Box 159
Queenstown, Maryland 21658
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
114 Washington St., Ste 101,
Easton, Maryland 21601.