William Brennan McHugh
With a focused passion for life, humanity, history and Americana, William Brennan McHugh DDS, passed from this life, September 14, 2020, following a prolonged illness. A great student and teacher of life, he leaves behind his family of four children: Bryan McHugh DVM (Sandra), Laura Brozka (Thomas), Sharon Scott (John), Mark McHugh (Carrie), former wife of 36 years, Mary S. McHugh, and eight grandchildren: Jeffrey McHugh (Marsha née Mains, MD), Matthew McHugh DDS; Madeline Brozka and Grace Brozka; Katherine Scott, Daniel Scott, Jack Scott, and Mark Scott, and his staunchly loyal canine companion of 14 years, Maggie.
Born May 27, 1936, Bill (“Doc”) was raised in South St. Louis City, attended parochial school across the street from his childhood home at Our Lady of Sorrows, and graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1954. After attaining his bachelor’s in History from St. Louis University in 1959, he graduated from St. Louis University Dental School in 1964 – marking the beginning of a career in dental medicine spanning four decades and two continents, as he was a frequent missionary Dentist with the Washington (Mo.) Overseas Mission to Honduras.
Always one to believe that an artist’s reach must exceed his grasp, Dr. McHugh was a mentor and dear friend to many, embracing all challenges and those he met, whether they be endurance of academic trials and long nights of study in professional school, the mourning in the wake of being predeceased by his parents, William Owen McHugh DDS, Anne McHugh (née Brennan) and his beloved younger sister, Mary Anne. He is survived by his older Brother, James L. McHugh, of St. Louis.
An avid participant and adherent of myriad interests, Dr. McHugh defined the term, Renaissance Man. With a capacity for unsatisfied curiosity, he was a skilled jeweler, musician, restorer of automobiles (with a personal fascination for Studebakers and Lincolns), carpenter and renovator of several period piece buildings, including the log cabin he called home for the last 3 decades of his life.
He was a global traveler, his most recent favored destination was New Zealand, a place he visited almost half a dozen times.
Because of his sophisticated world view and understanding of history, he was a learned and accomplished student of humans and humanity. These two facets were embodied in his compassion, strict attention to detail, and calm demeanor when approached by others, whether they be patient or friend. “Treat people the way you want to be treated,” he would say.
With his departure, Life will be a less colorful enterprise without him, but the World all the better for it.
Services: Visitation and funeral Mass will be held Mon. Sept. 21 at St. Patrick’s Old Rock Church, 150 Rock Church Rd, Catawissa, MO 63015. Visitation at 11:00 AM with the Mass to follow at 11:30 AM; Interment following Mass.