Patricia Donoho Hughes

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Patricia Donoho Hughes
First Lady of Maryland
In role
January 17, 1979 – January 21, 1987[1]
Preceded by Jeanne Dorsey Mandel
Succeeded by Frances Hughes Glendening
Personal details
Born (1930-08-18)August 18, 1930[2]
Died January 20, 2010(2010-01-20) (aged 79)[3]
Denton, Maryland, U.S.[2]
Spouse(s) Harry Hughes (m. June 30, 1951)[4]
Children Ann Hughes; Elizabeth Hughes[2]
Alma mater Sorbonne (1949),[2]
Bryn Mawr College (1951),[2]
University of Delaware (1966)[2]
Profession Teacher[2]
Religion Episcopalian[2]

Patricia Donoho Hughes (August 18, 1930 – January 20, 2010) was a First Lady of Maryland, married to former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes. She was educated at Sorbonne (1949) and Bryn Mawr College (1951)[2] before getting married on June 30, 1951.[4] She later continued her education at the University of Delaware (1966).[2] Mrs. Hughes was a teacher and educator by profession.[2]

While serving as first lady in the 1980s, she worked to restore Government House, the governor's mansion.[5]


The Hughes family lived in Denton, Maryland, and have two daughters, Ann and Elizabeth.[2]


Hughes died on January 20, 2010, in Denton, aged 79, after 16 years of battling Parkinson's disease.[3]


  1. ^ "Maryland Governor Harry Roe Hughes". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Patricia Donoho Hughes". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  3. ^ a b Jones, Brent (January 21, 2010). "Patricia Hughes, Md. first lady from 1979-1987, dies at age 79". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Society of Senates Past Roster: Harry R. Hughes". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  5. ^ Rein, Lisa (September 30, 2007). "A Few Words From Katie O'Malley". Washington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2009. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Jeanne Dorsey Mandel
First Lady of Maryland
January 17, 1979 – January 21, 1987
Succeeded by
Frances Hughes Glendening