In Memory Of
Hughes, Angela Dolores - Passed away on April 9, 2020, at the age of 96. Survived by her loving
sister Regina (Hughes) Haffey, she was predeceased by her fiancé, Dr. Maynard Savin, and her
brother-in-law Joseph E. Haffey, Sr. She was the adored “Aunt Del” to three generations of
nieces and nephews who were blessed by her enduring love and active presence in their lives.
She was born on November 17, 1923, to the late William A. Hughes and Angela (Beattie)
Hughes. With her parents and sister, she grew up in Brooklyn surrounded by a large extended
family that included many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was an extraordinary role model and
mentor who was both interesting and interested in the lives of her family and friends.
A graduate of Saint Saviour High School and St. Joseph’s College, she was a master teacher who
influenced thousands of students in a remarkable vocation as an educator than spanned more
than five decades. Her passion for teaching was developed during her graduate years at Brown
University and burned brightly throughout her career. She was the long-time Chairperson of the
English Department at Lindenhurst High School. She retired in 1983 and embarked on a new
chapter in higher education. She taught at Briarcliffe College before beginning a quarter-
century career at Hofstra University teaching English language arts, composition, and literature.
Her connection with students was universal, and her impact both immediate and long-lasting.
While she received countless professional awards and accolades, the tributes from her students
over the decades were more meaningful to her than any public recognition. Former students
described how she shaped them as avid readers, great writers and critical thinkers for life and
inspired so many to careers in education, journalism and communication. Maynard Savin’s
words, written more than 60 years ago, are a perfect expression of the educator she became: A
teacher must have a love for their fellow man – not a blind infatuation, but a real understanding
and compassion. Love is meaningless without understanding.
A private interment service will take place this month at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village. All
family and friends are invited to participate this summer in a memorial tribute at Fairchild Sons
and a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, both in Garden City. Plans are pending. For further
information about the celebration of her life, or to share a special memory with her family,
please contact Fairchild at www.fairchildfuneral.com.