After graduating from high school, Hugh joined the US Air Force and had a four year tour of duty with the Air Force as a Radar technician. Hugh then attended the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Hugh then had a 33-Year career at the University of Minnesota as an Electrical Design Engineer, and retired from the U of M  Engineering and Architecture Division of the Planning Office.

Since retirement, Hugh has devoted efforts and resources to promoting public safety, and to animal welfare.