Dr. John Francis McHugh III
SHELBY–Dr. John Francis McHugh, III
Dr. John Francis McHugh III, age 77, of Shelby died Friday, April 29, 2011 at his home in the care of his family and cats.
Born September 3, 1933 the son of the late John Francis and Gertrude (Kettrey) McHugh, Dr. McHugh was a life-long Shelby resident.
After attending St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School, John graduated from Shelby High School in 1951 having earned all-Ohio recognition in track and field. John received his pre-medical training at John Carroll University in Cleveland and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 1954. He graduated from The Ohio State College of Medicine in 1958 and served a one-year rotating internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. John entered the United States Air Force in 1959 and spent two months at Wright Patterson AFB while taking an OB/GYN training course. He served in the 860th Medical Group (SAC) and was commissioned as a Captain before being sent to Dow AFB in Bangor, Maine where he served as chief of the OB/GYN department. His entire career in the Air Force was spent caring for women and babies which he said was a good thing because he never did figure out who he was supposed to salute. The only uniform he had was scrubs and the regular officers usually ignored the medical staff. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to Shelby in August of 1961 to begin his family practice career. He shared an office with Dr. Robert Myers on Mansfield Avenue at the site of the present Subway. Dr. John Smith was already practicing in Shelby and approached John regarding building and sharing a medical office. The Auburn Medical Building was completed in February 1962. Dr. McHugh practiced at 110 Auburn Avenue until his retirement in January 2006. He served in many capacities on numerous committees while on staff at Shelby Med-Central Hospital. He also served as Health Commissioner for the city of Shelby in his early career as well as medical director of Shelby Home and Public Health, a position he held until his retirement. After his retirement, Dr. McHugh was inducted into the Shelby High School Hall of Distinction and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Mary’s School.
Survived by his wife of 32 years Mary Jo (Herlihy) McHugh who worked with him in his office for 30 years; their children: Catherine (James) Knapp of Englewood, FL; John Robert McHugh and his partner Dr. Timothy Pham of Los Angeles, CA; Ann (Don) Brinson of Ft. Myers, FL; Julie Persellin of San Antonio, TX; Michael (Liane Dean) of Ft. Myers, FL; Jessica Strouse Thomas of Atlanta, GA; and Erica Strouse (Scott) Straker of Louisville, KY. 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. John also leaves behind two sisters: Mary (McHugh) Randall of Dayton and Eileen (McHugh) Laux of Elyria; mother and father-in-law Edna (Hohler) & James F. Herlihy; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bob (Shelley) Herlihy, Tom (Margo) Herlihy, Dick Herlihy, and Carol (Steve) Moore; numerous nieces and nephews; his loyal office staff throughout his 45-year practice in Shelby: the late Virginia Apger, Harriette Landis, Susie (Carr) Clark, Cheri (Morgan) Blackman, Charlotte Grove, Mary E. Johnson, Jan Frazee, Vicki Champer, Madeline Frankl RN, Pat Kenny RN, Linda Vanasdale RN, Karen Rismiller LPN, Bobbie Payne RN, Linda Ritchie RN. He was especially comforted in the last few weeks and months by his personal and professional friend, Dr. Dan Kenny of New Washington and the many, many loyal patients who became like family and most certainly friends through the years. After retirement he always listened and dispensed advice from the grocery aisles, never failing to give reassurance and encouragement to former patients and families. Refusing to accept praise for his many years of service to the community, he would say, It’s my job.
Family and friends may call on Monday, May 2, 2011, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Private funeral services will be held for the family.
In gratitude for the compassionate comfort and professional care provided to many of Dr. McHugh’s patients and to himself, please consider a memorial expression to Shelby Home and Public Health or to Hospice of North Central Ohio. On-line condolences may be made to