Hugh McClelland Pettigrew

Published in The Washington Post on May 10, 2020

(1933 - 2020)

Hugh McClelland Pettigrew, 86, of Bethesda, Maryland
passed away suddenly on April 28, 2020, from COVID-19.

He is survived by Karen, his wife of 58 years; daughters
Lynne Pettigrew and Anne Woodruff (Dan); and grandchildren
Emma, Ian, and Tristan Woodruff.

His brother, Richard R. Pettigrew, predeceased him.

Hugh was born on December 27, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan, the son of Col. Moses W.
Pettigrew, Jr. and Hazel Ross Pettigrew. He became a Washingtonian at the age of 5 and
attended DC public schools, graduating from
Woodrow Wilson High School (1952).
Continuing his education locally, Hugh received a B.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics
from The George Washington University. He enjoyed a long career in government service as
a mathematical statistician, beginning at the National Bureau of Standards, followed by 25
years at the National Cancer Institute (NIH) and nine years at the Environmental Protection

Hugh was bitten by the acting bug in mid-life. Over the years he performed numerous roles in
productions by community theater companies, including Adventure Theatre, British Players,
Cedar Lane Stage, Chevy Chase Players, Montgomery Players, and Silver Spring Stage. In
addition, he appeared in several Maryland Youth Ballet productions. He also was a member
of SAG-AFTRA. More recently, he was active in the Chancel Players at Bradley Hills
Presbyterian Church, where he was a member.

In retirement, Hugh traveled with Karen throughout the world. He particularly enjoyed attending
three Summer Olympic Games in Munich, London, and Rio.

A service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Friends of Music, Bradley Hills
Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD, 20817.

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