Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 2, 2021.
HUGO "Rick" DUHN
1936 - 2020
Hugo Richard "Rick" Duhn passed away December 28, 2020.
Born September 1, 1936 to Mary (Brewer) Duhn and Hugo
Duhn of Denver, CO, he arrived in Washington at age 9.
A graduate of Roosevelt High School (1954), Mount Saint Mary's College, and the
Theological College of Washington, DC, ordained a Catholic priest in 1962 and assigned
to St. Matthew's Cathedral, where he presided at the White House vigil over President
Kennedy's body in 1963 and attended at the funerals of both John and Robert Kennedy. He
served in the archdiocese for 24 years, including St. Michael's in Silver Spring, teaching at
the Washington Theological Union, and got his Doctorate of Sacred Theology in 1981 from
Rick left the priesthood in 1986, but continued teaching, and worked in computer support at
NIH until retiring in 1998.
He married Kathleen Saunders in 1990 and became a proud stepfather to Daniel Rinzel
(Melanie), Laura Rinzel Braden (Philip) and Joseph Rinzel (Francine) as well as a doting
grandfather to Leah, Thomas, Luca, Maggie, Cara and Beatrice. He is also survived and
mourned by many beloved nieces and nephews around the country, as well as by brother
Gary Duhn and his family in Denver.
Memorial plans will be finalized at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Central Union Mission of