Austin L. Hughes, 66, author of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers

Austin L. Hughes

Austin L. Hughes

Austin L. Hughes, of Columbia, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the age of 66.

The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Dunbar Funeral Home’s Devine Street Chapel, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

Austin was a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. He had an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Georgetown University (1969), an undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Maryland (1977), a master’s degree in zoology from West Virginia University (1980) and a doctorate in zoology from Indiana University (1984).

The author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and two books, he was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Austin was equally proud of his role as team leader for the catechists of the Right of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Columbia. But most important to him was his role as loving “Granda” to his grandchildren.

Austin is survived by his wife of six years, Andrea L. Hougham Hughes; his stepson Harry R. Browning and his wife, Teresa Nelson Browning, and their two children, Isaac and Gwyneth; his stepson Patrick H. Browning and his wife, Paula Sines Browning, and their five children, Kane, Robbie, Molly, Annabelle and Lucy; his son Austin L. Hughes Jr.; and his daughter, Helen W. Hughes Wise and her husband, Matthew, and their two children, Elliott and Claire. He also is survived by his sisters Winifred Hughes Spar along with her husband Fred Spar and two sons Adam and Alex Spar and Hildred Hughes Crill and her husband, Patrick Crill, along with their two sons, Brendan Crill and Liam Crill, and his brother, Dennis D. Hughes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann K. Hughes, and his parents Edward Riley Hughes and Josephine Nicholls Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Birthright of Columbia, 1405 Gregg St., Columbia, SC 29201 or Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston, 1427 Pickens Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Dunbar Funeral Home.

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