|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1926|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 2006|
GLADEWATER -- A funeral Mass for Dr. George R. Hugman Jr. will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2006, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church with Father Ron Demski officiating. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery. A vigil scripture service will be 7 p.m. today, December 10, 2006, at Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Father Michael Doyle officiating. Visitation will follow.
Born in Boerne, Texas, March 11, 1926, to George R. Hugman Sr. and Margaret Kronkosky Hugman, he entered into eternal rest Friday, December 8, 2006, at his residence. He attended public schools in Boerne, and as a child of the Depression, he learned to work in his family's service station and cafe, while standing on a box to wash dishes. His personal history illustrates his leadership and desire to help others. He attended St. Anthony's High School in San Antonio for three years but graduated from Boerne High School.
He joined the U.S. Navy at 17. After testing, the Navy sent him to Officers School, known as the V-12 program. The initial program was at Southwestern Louisiana University and then continued at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He then served as an ensign on the destroyer USS Beatty. He was in this capacity during the historic episode told in the move "Exodus." The Beatty was assigned to escort the European Jewish refugees on ships that were transporting them to Palestine. This scene of tragedy left an indelible impression on him. Following Navy service, he worked as an insurance investigator to earn money to put himself through medical school. Savings and the G.I. Bill made the dream of becoming a physician possible. He continued to work while in medical school, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He served his family medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in Fort Worth. While in medical school, he married Joyce Elaine Plummer of Galveston. Dr. and Mrs. Hugman and their sons moved to Gladewater in 1958, and he began working at Leake Clinic and Hospital. After five years, he opened his own office and was active on the staff of Gladewater Municipal Hospital. He delivered many of Gladewater's citizens during 15 years of obstetrics practice, which he discontinued because of the heavy load. He contributed to Gladewater's economy by providing the best medical care locally for 46 years and recruiting numerous doctors to this area. For some families in the area, he was physician and friend for four generations.
He especially enjoyed dancing, boating, tennis, water-skiing and quality time spent with his family. For many individuals, he was a role model to emulate. His community service focused on providing quality education and youth activities for local youngsters. He was an elected member of the Gladewater Independent School District Board of Education for 18 year and served as president for one year. Dr. Hugman advocated many changes, especially in the care and treatment of athletes, strengthening the mathematics and science curriculum. He pushed for the passage of the bond issue that provided the citizens of Gladewater with a new high school and stadium. A 44-year veteran of the Gladewater Rotary Club, he was a Paul Harris fellow. For 38 years, he was a member of the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, and in 2002, he was honored as Gladewater's man of the year. As president of the Gregg County Medical Society in 1963, he was responsible for organizing the county's mass immunization of the population with the Salk polio vaccine, overcoming some who opposed the plan. On a designated Sunday, volunteer doctors, nurses and support staff administered the vaccine in different locations throughout Longview and Gladewater. For it to be effective, it had to be administered at the same time to as many as would accept. As a nationwide vaccination drive, it was free of charge, and the rest is history. Polio was eliminated in the United States. Dr. Hugman was a 44-year member of the Texas Academy of Family Practice and the American Academy of Family Practice. He served on many committees for the organization and was on the board of directors of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians for two terms. Through his family, church and civic activities, he gave of himself unselfishly.
Dr. Hugman is survived by his wife and dance partner of 52 years, Joyce Plummer Hugman of Gladewater; sons and their wives, Dr. George R. Hugman III and Lou Ellen of Nacogdoches, James R. Hugman and Anne of Longview, and Christopher Evan Hugman and Lisa of Austin; daughter, Elaine Berringer and husband, John, of San Antonio; grandsons, Luke Hugman of College Station, Michael Berringer of San Antonio, and Robert Hugman of Longview; granddaughters, Rachel Hugman of San Antonio, Elissa Hugman of Longview, Elizabeth Berringer of San Antonio, Jennifer Berringer of San Antonio, Heather Hugman of Austin and Claire Hugman of Austin. In addition, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Ellen Hugman of San Marcos; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Lee Dulac of Walnut Creek, Calif.; special relatives, Norma and Dr. Warren Hunt of Gladewater; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews, Michael Berringer, Robert Hugman, Dr. Joseph Pistone, Evan Farrington, Larry Westbrook, Marc Westbrook, Mike Hugman, Tom Walsh and Rick Plummer. It so desired, memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Ladies Guild of St. Theresa's Catholic Church, c/o Sandy Tuttle, 5422 FM 1844, Gladewater, TX 75647.
Published in the Longview News-Journal on 12/10/2006.
George Robert Hugman (1895 - 1968)
Margaret Mary Kronkosky Hugman (1903 - 1996)
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Dec 13, 2006
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