July 31, 2007

UCLA Anderson Remembers Professor Emeritus Patricia J. Hughes

Hughes joined UCLA Anderson in 1983 after earning her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia


Patricia HughesLOS ANGELES - UCLA Anderson School of Management Professor Emeritus Patricia J. Hughes passed away on Sunday, July 29. She was to turn 64 on August 2. She is survived by her husband, UCLA Anderson Professor Emeritus Michael Brennan, their children, Katie, Andrew and James, and their families.

Hughes joined the accounting area at UCLA Anderson in 1983 after earning her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia. She became an assistant professor and later an associate professor at the University of Southern California, before returning to Anderson as a full professor in 1995. In addition to her professorial duties, Hughes served as a member of the first Faculty Executive Committee from 1995-97, was chair of the Accounting area from 1995-2000 and was vice-chair of the faculty from 2002 until 2005.

During her tenure at UCLA Anderson, Hughes was a well-liked instructor - her Corporate Reporting course was particularly popular among students. She was also a respected scholar, and her research on financial reporting and disclosures appeared in leading accounting and financial journals.

"Pat will be greatly missed by all at UCLA Anderson as a great mentor and friend," said UCLA Anderson Dean Judy D. Olian. "She will be appreciated for her many forms of outstanding service to the school and for her cheerful and generous demeanor."  

"Pat was a terrific friend, colleague and co-author," said Professor Carla Hayn, who published a paper with Hughes. "Among many great traits, she had two characteristics that I found really striking. First, her pragmatic, 'down-to-earth' approach to problems, whether administrative or research-related, was a breath of fresh air. When discussions meandered into lengthy digressions as can often happen in academia, Pat would bring the focus back to the issue at hand through a single, clarifying comment. Second, Pat had an inner strength that enabled her to maintain an optimistic outlook throughout her illness. No matter how bad she felt, Pat was in the classroom teaching, counseling students, working with coauthors and performing service for the school. While Pat's spark and wit will be sorely missed, her legacy will certainly live on through the many lives that she has touched."

Professor Eduardo Schwartz, who had known Hughes since their days together in Vancouver more than 35 years ago remarked, "Pat was an exceptional human being. She was a great administrator and an extremely supportive colleague and teacher, much loved by everyone who knew her. Our two families have been friends since our Vancouver days. We even moved together to L.A. sharing the same moving truck. We will greatly miss her."

Professor Sandy Jacoby noted that, "Pat accomplished many things with high competency and low ego." Added Faculty Chairman Antonio Bernardo, "She was one of the loveliest people I’ve met here at UCLA."

Pat's family has suggested that donations be made to either The National Breast Cancer Foundation or  St. Joseph’s Center in Venice, CA. 

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