AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Dennis Allan Hughes, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend, died
peacefully at his home in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the age of 80.
Dennis, a proud native of Rankin, Pennsylvania, was born in that town on July 15, 1941 to
parents Chester and Ethel Hughes. He graduated from Rankin High School in 1959, where he
served as Senior Class President. He then went on to Lincoln University, where he graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1963. While there, he played on the football team
and was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in 1960.
Dennis had a very successful business career starting with a position with Goodyear. He moved
on to executive and managerial positions with various companies including The Joseph Horne
Company, IBM, G.C. Murphy, MicroBilt, and JDA Software, concluding his long career as Senior
Sales Executive with Torex Retail. Dennis was also a member of the FROGS Club.
Dennis was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He enjoyed, in his spare time, watching
movies, listening to a wide range of music, and spending time with his family. He was also an
avid collector of ceramic frogs.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Dianne; his children Dr. D. Michael (Carol)
Hughes, Christopher A. (Susan) Hughes, Elizabeth L. Hughes, Esq.; his brother David (Dorothy)
Hughes, his sister Patricia Spear; his beloved granddaughter Parker Hughes, and a host of
nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Harold Hughes.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Lincoln University (PA) as an expression of
sympathy. Please see instructions below for mailing and online donations in memoriam of
Dennis A. Hughes, Class of 1963. Thank you.
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