Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 16, 1915, Fred G. Hughes would later marry Rebekah Blair of Joplin in January 2, 1942. The couple would spend most of their life in Joplin, Missouri.
Fred Hughes was the manager of the Joplin Globe Publishing Company from 1953-1986. He was passionate about his work for The Joplin Globe and spoke about the importance of the news and those who reported it. He was also passionate about the community and was always busy working in the community.
Hughes was the first President of the Board of Regents of Missouri Southern. He advocated for a four-year university in Southwest Missouri. Under his guidance Missouri Southern bought the two hundred and sixty-five acre estate where it is now located. In 1975 the University honored him by naming the football stadium after him. Hughes was a big supporter of sports at the Missouri Southern and gave constant donations for anything that needed funding. He almost never missed a home game.
After he retired he and his wife Becky became what you might call a world travelers, but after dedicating so much of his time to so many things he deserved a vacation, it is surprising he had any free time at all. Fred Hughes died on October 7, 1996 having lived a full and very happy life surrounded by a large family and large friend group.
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