The U.S. Coast Guard is asking mariners to avoid the Woods Hole passage and to be cautious navigating southeastern New England waters after two fishing vessels were trapped in ice this weekend around the Vineyard.
The Tisbury selectmen are pursuing an effort to bring the town department of public works under their control, saying they believe it will better streamline management. Since 1989 the DPW has operated under a five-member elected board.
Dr. Calvin T. Hughes Jr. of West Hartford, Conn., died at his home on Jan. 26. He was 88.
Dr. Hughes was a retired ophthalmologist who practiced in Hartford and was a longtime summer resident of Martha's Vineyard. He grew up in Southington, Conn., and was a 1944 graduate of the Loomis School in Windsor, Conn. He served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, prior to graduating Yale University, Class of 1950, and Harvard University Medical School. After internships at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., Cal went to study ophthalmology and do his residency at Washington University in Saint Louis, Mo., prior to setting up practice in Hartford.
The son of the late Calvin Thomas Hughes and Florence Whiting Hughes, his Yale connection goes back one generation to his father, whereas his Harvard tradition dates back to 1653, when his first ancestor, Samuel Whiting Jr. was graduated. The year after young Samuel's graduation, in 1654, his father, the Rev. Samuel Whiting, who received bachelor and master's degrees from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, was named an overseer of Harvard College. Samuel the elder began as a pastor of Lynn in 1636, to become a close colleague of Reverend Increase and his son the Rev. Cotton Mather, writing sermons in both English and Latin. All three of his sons and many further generations went to Harvard. Another ancestor, William Whiting, Harvard Class of 1833, left the college a $5,000 endowment so other direct descendants of Samuel could have the benefit of a family scholarship.
Dr. Hughes was an avid sailor, sailing his 40-foot Swedish-built sloop, Syrinx, out of Vineyard Haven for many years. He was a licensed pilot, a world-class skier, skiing the Swiss and Austrian Alps as well as in Colorado and Utah. He also excelled as a classical pianist and was devoted to all animals, especially birds. He was a world traveler, visiting all seven continents and did a term of service on the international, charitable hospital ship, HOPE, while being an innovator of cornea transplant surgery in Hartford, where he was a prominent ophthalmologist for decades.
He is survived by cousins, Lucia Emily Doud Wallace of Willsboro, N.Y., Dr. Cynthia Day Wallace of Willsboro, N.Y. and Geneva, Switzerland, Margaret Ellis Wood of Philadelphia, Pa., John Arden (Jib) Ellis of Vineyard Haven, and Calvin Gogerty of Idyllwild, Calif.; and several close friends.
Services and interment in the family plot will be private.
Memorial gifts may be made to the United States Foundation of the University of the Valley of Guatemala, P.O. Box 30, Princeton, NJ 08542, of which Dr. Hughes was a benefactor because of his interest in the Mayan people.
Arrangements are under the care of Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home in West Hartford.