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ROBERT E. HUGHES, PRESIDENT OF ROBERT E. HUGHES & ASSOCIATES, DIES

    ROBERT E. HUGHES, PRESIDENT OF ROBERT E. HUGHES & ASSOCIATES, DIES
    CLEVELAND, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert E. Hughes, 63, president of Robert E. Hughes & Associates, Inc., and former chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party, died today.
    Lyndhurst police said he may have suffered a heart attack.
    Hughes founded Hughes & Associates a Cleveland based public relations and governmental relations firm, last May along with Joseph D. Rice, a former political writer for the Plain Dealer, and Elliott P. Geller.
    Hughes was chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party from 1968 until last February when he resigned.  He remained a Republican member of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and had served as chairman of the board for 12 years.
    He was born in Massillon, Ohio and moved to Warren where he graduated from Harding High School in 1946.  He worked for the Warren Tribune Chronicle as a sports and general assignment reporter while attending high school and college.
    Also, while attending Ohio State University, where he received a B.A. in journalism in 1950, Hughes worked for all three Columbus daily newspapers.
    Upon graduation from Ohio State, he was called to active duty in the United States Marine Corps and served as platoon leader and company commander.
    After service with the Marines, Hughes was editor of a small paper in Ohio, and a state house reporter for the Associated Press.  He joined General Electric at Nela Park in 1955.  In 1959, he was transferred to Chicago as a manager in the Hotpoint Division of General Electric's Consumer Products Group.
    Hughes was a State Central Committeeman representing the 19th Congressional District, from 1974 until 1986.
    He served for eight years as a member and then chairman of the board of trustees at Cleveland State University and was a member of the board of directors of American National Bank.  He also served a three-year term on the board of directors of the City Club.
    Hughes was a member of the board of directors of Ohio Savings Bank of Cleveland, as well as a member of the board of directors of AmTrust Bank in Boca Raton, Fla.
    Hughes, a former newspaper reporter, was one of Ohio's best known political figures.
    He was liked by the reporters for his wit and quotability and respected by politicians of both parties for his political acumen.
    He was instrumental in former Governor James A. Rhodes' gubernatorial victories in 1974 and 1978.  He was also an advisor to several presidential candidates and was co-chairman of President Bush's 1988 campaign.
    Hughes was the Cuyahoga County Republican Party chairman for 23 years, longer than any other individual.  During his chairmanship, the party elected the first Republican mayor of Cleveland in years, Ralph J. Perk, Sr., and appointed Virgil E. Brown, now director of the Ohio Lottery, as a Cuyahoga County Commissioner.  Brown was the first black to hold a county administrative office.
    Hughes also was instrumental in Governor George V. Voinovich's election as mayor of Cleveland in 1979 and his election as governor in 1990.
    After resigning as chairman of the party, Hughes founded the governmental and public relations firm that bears his name.
    Hughes thrived on the challenges he faced in the political world and he attacked the challenges he faced in the business world with the same enthusiasm.  He believed that no problem was insolvable.
    Hughes had gone to work on Tuesday at the firm's office in the Leader Building.  He and his partner, Joseph Rice, had discussed the business matters before Hughes left the office yesterday afternoon.
    "Bob was looking ahead to dealing with the situations our clients face," Rice said.  "Both he and I had every confidence that Hughes & Associates could solve those situations.
    "I am shocked at his death.  He was a friend, a good friend and I and many of his friends will miss him very much.  My sympathy goes out to his family."
    Rice said that Hughes & Associates was doing very well for a firm that is less than one year old.
    Hughes is survived by his wife, Marguerite Sewell of Blanchester, Ohio, three sons; Tim, David and Jonathan, a daughter, Robin Eble and nine grandchildren.
    Funeral arrangements will be announced.
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    /CONTACT:  Joseph Rice of Robert E. Hughes & Associates, 216-621-7120/ CO:  Robert E. Hughes & Associates, Inc. ST:  Ohio IN: SU:  PER JT -- NY089 -- 5658 11/20/91 19:46 EST
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