How does one value the loss of a dear friend?
Recently a co-worker and dear friend was taken home at the early age of 52 years. The value and importance of his part in my personal life and in the workplace was not fully appreciated until he was gone. Robert Ward Hughes, Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Professor at Simpson University and newly appointed CEO of Remi Vista, Inc. left us way too soon.
Robert, the husband of Noel and the father of two beautiful daughters and an incredible son and the grandfather of two new born granddaughters has left a profound void in so many hearts and lives. In situations such as this, we so very often ask why. Of course this is not for us to know, but certainly we can experience some solace as we count the many things he did accomplish in his short five decades of life. Dr. Hughes, a Fuller Theological Seminary graduate had a mental capacity of that which I could only hope. Yet his ability to relate to all ages, even the very young, was profound. His clinical skills and methods of relating and teaching others were amazing.
Dr. Hughes and I worked together for 18 years at Remi Vista. He transitioned from Regional Director to Corporate Clinical Director and ultimately to Executive Director/CEO at my retirement. As part of the Remi Vista Executive Team he had great influence on the culture of our organization and the tenor in which we provide services. He was an example to us all in many ways. His influence extended far beyond Remi Vista to his church, to Simpson University and to both the Redding and Mt. Shasta communities. Robert was truly an Ambassador of Hope in so many ways. Now as I pass his empty office, I continue to mourn his passing. Robert, you are greatly missed.
We at Remi Vista wish to honor Dr. Hughes by establishing a scholarship fund in his memory. Each year we provide a special extended weekend camp adventure, Camp Hope, for the families of autism. In support of this camp and as a tribute to Robert, contributions can be made through the Remi Vista website, www.remivistainc.net or checks can be written to Remi Vista, Inc., 2701 Park Marina Dr., Redding, CA 96001.