Professor Carol Hughes
The Randolph-Macon College community mourns the loss of Psychology Professor Emerita
Carol C. Hughes, who died on February 26, 2013.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel
at Westminster Canterbury, 1600 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23227. A reception
will follow. Interment at Hollywood Cemetery will be private.
Hughes, who joined the faculty at R-MC in 1973, served as chair of the Psychology
Department from 1986-1991. She earned her B.S. from Richmond Professional Institute,
her M.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Ed.D. from The College of
William & Mary. She also held a license as a clinical psychologist and had a
small practice specializing in mediation and family counseling.
“On our campus, Carol was known as a caring, yet demanding faculty member,” says
Provost William T. Franz. “She was a respected leader, serving as one of our very
first college ombuds. She mentored countless students in internships, field placements
and senior research experiences in addition to her classroom work. She also mentored
many junior faculty members who saw her as a role model.”
In the community, Hughes was a tireless worker on behalf of people with special
needs. She was a member of the Hanover County Community Service Board’s Human Rights
Committee, the Hanover Mental Health Association, the Sunrise House Administration
Committee, and the Hanover Child Protection Team.
Hughes, who retired in 2002, was presented a Randolph-Macon College Faculty Service
award from the Society of Alumni. In addition, R-MC awards the Carol Hughes Award
for Significant Achievement in Applied Psychology to a graduating senior each year
“Carol was a very nurturing department chair,” says Psychology Professor Kelly Lambert.
“When I arrived at R-MC, I was very young and naïve and she was a patient mentor—introducing
me to potential research collaborators in the area and making sure I had the necessary
resources to succeed. Lambert, who refers to Hughes as “always the counselor,” says
Hughes managed her faculty’s mental health as well as her patients’. “Carol provided
wonderful internship opportunities for our students as they prepared for careers
in mental health. Carol Hughes was a valued colleague who definitely left her footprint
on the R-MC Psychology Department—and I will forever be grateful for her efforts
to make the department an optimal learning environment for our students.”
Terry Winegar, former R-MC professor and current dean at Ursinus College, said that
there were many things he had learned from Carol that he continues to use to this
“Carol used to say to students, ‘Don't think about what you want to be; think about
what you want to do,’” says Winegar. “I find that very useful when someone says
to me, ‘I want to be a psychologist.’ I like to think that in Carol's life she found
great satisfaction in what she had chosen to do.”
Hughes is survived by her husband James E. Hughes and her daughters Susan and Barbara.