Hugh holds an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps. He subsequently did graduate studies in Political Science at Western Illinois University. In 1972, he moved to San Francisco, living there and in Portland, OR for 30 years. After retiring from his commercial real estate career, he and his wife moved to western PA to be near his wife’s parents in Ashtabula, OH. Tamara Clark is an elementary school principal in Meadville, PA.
Hugh’s primary focus has been the development of the Upper Shenango River Water Trail. As Project Manager, he worked through the permit process, raised over $200,000 for the work which began with a Feasibility Study and ended with being admitted to the PA Water Trail system. For this work, SRW was acknowledged with an Environmental Award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Additionally, Hugh was recognized as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Volunteer of the Year for 2016. He and his SRW colleagues continue their work to maintain, improve and expand the Water Trail.