April 11, 1928 ~ September 4, 2011
McHugh, Robert Emmett
Robert was born on April 11, 1928 and passed away September 4, 2011. He was born in Aitkin, Minnesota, the youngest of six children of Victoria Leota McHugh and Dr. Roderick McHugh. Robert spent his childhood mostly in Minnesota and California, following the death of his father. He graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy in 1946, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in 1950. In 1969, he married Edith Murphy McHugh. They settled in Torrance, later moving to Manhattan Beach and raising two children, Sean and Anna. Though Robert dabbled in many careers including forest service, deputy sheriff, and postman, he is best known for his teaching career. A math teacher at Gardena High School for over thirty years, Robert was significant in the lives of many students, never missing the opportunity to help a student -- in or out of the classroom. His philanthropic efforts with many students led to lifelong friendships, and he continued to get weekly visits from those he touched until his death. In 1990, Robert became the first recipient of the Jaime Escalante Award for excellence in teaching. Robert was a devout Catholic throughout his life, heavily influenced by his aunt, Mother Antonia McHugh. He was a regular parishioner at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach. Robert enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Edith, including two sabbaticals -- in Eastern Europe and Mexico. He is survived by a sister, Antonia McLean of St. Paul, Minnesota; wife Edith McHugh of Manhattan Beach; son Sean McHugh of Manhattan Beach daughter Anna McHugh Van Fleet of Long Beach; son Dan Durke of Long Beach and eight grandchildren. The rosary will be held on Thursday, September 8th at 7:45 pm at American Martyrs Church. Memorial service will take place at American Martyrs Church on Friday, September 9th at 11:00 am. A reception will follow on site. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity would be appreciated. Please go to Rice Mortuary's website www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages.
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