In memory of
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes November 5, 1979 - May 4, 2021 Creve Coeur, Missouri - On May 4, 2021, Michael Evan Hughes, loving son, brother, husband, and father of three daughters, departed this earthly life. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Lawrence and Mary Mueting of Seneca, KS, and his paternal grandparents George and Florence Hughes of Ottawa, KS. Michael was born on November 5, 1979, in Washington, DC, to Nancy (Mueting) and Rich Hughes. Michael attended public and parochial schools in Prairie Village, KS, and was a champion debater and an honors student, graduating from Shawnee Mission East in 1998. Following graduation, he attended Stanford University where he was awarded both BS and MS Biology degrees in 2002, and where Michael met his wife Jing Wang. Michael attended Harvard Medical School, earning a PhD in Neuroscience. Post-graduate studies led Michael to laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania as well as Yale University. In 2013 Michael moved to St. Louis, MO for a position at the University of Missouri – St. Louis as an Assistant Professor in Biology and, in 2017, onto Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. One of Michael's greatest strengths was his ability to explain complicated concepts and make them easily understandable. He delighted in teaching students his passion for biology and took pride in mentoring his students' careers more than his own. He also jointly collaborated and published more than 35 scientific papers and was a respected researcher. Michael married Jing Wang on December 26, 2007, in Hawaii, and their union was blessed with daughters Sophie (12), Quinn (9), and Carolyn (6). Michael deeply cared for his family and took great pride in his children's school, music, and dance accomplishments. Being a prodigious reader, his zest for learning has been conveyed to his daughters, who are great readers in their own right. Michael's closest friend was his wife Jing, as together they faced life's challenges while balancing career and family. They took pleasure in life's simple joys of long walks, gardening, fine food, and artistic performances by their children. Michael was a versatile scientist whose specialty was genetic profiling of animal and human circadian rhythms, but his collaborations also took him into the study of neural circuitry, functional genomics of skeletal muscle, lung diseases, and bioinformatics. Michael's desire in utilizing these diverse research methodologies was to develop effective therapies for the most vexing of human illnesses. In 2015, Michael's perspective turned to that of patient when diagnosed with brain cancer. Before facing a surgery, Michael quoted Eripides: "nothing has greater strength than dire necessity." Michael fought his own illness with grace and a stubborn courage. His blog "bachforthebrain" chronicled his observations about cancer with eloquence and deep humanism. Michael was a kind and compassionate go-to person in advising others confronting their own harsh diagnoses and a steadfast supporter of cancer research including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and American Cancer Society. Michael is survived by his wife Dr. Jing Hughes and daughters Sophie, Quinn, and Carolyn of the home; by his parents Nancy and Rich Hughes of Overland Park, KS, and by his sister Dr. Laura Hughes of San Diego, CA. Michael will always be remembered for his quick wit, playful humor, golfing eagles, photographic memory, and winning smile. Michael's scientific legacy will live on as colleagues develop solutions by extending his research. He will be honored at a memorial service in St. Louis at the Kriegshauser Mortuary (9450 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO) on May 8, 2021. Interment will be at a private ceremony in Overland Park, KS.
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Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes November 5, 1979 - May 4, 2021 Creve Coeur, Missouri - On May 4, 2021, Michael Evan Hughes, loving son, brother, husband, and father of three daughters, departed this earthly life. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Lawrence and Mary Mueting of Seneca, KS, and his paternal grandparents George and Florence Hughes of Ottawa, KS. Michael was born on November 5, 1979, in Washington, DC, to Nancy (Mueting) and Rich Hughes. Michael attended public and parochial schools in Prairie Village, KS, and was a champion debater and an honors student, graduating from Shawnee Mission East in 1998. Following graduation, he attended Stanford University where he was awarded both BS and MS Biology degrees in 2002, and where Michael met his wife Jing Wang. Michael attended Harvard Medical School, earning a PhD in Neuroscience. Post-graduate studies led Michael to laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania as well as Yale University. In 2013 Michael moved to St. Louis, MO for a position at the University of Missouri – St. Louis as an Assistant Professor in Biology and, in 2017, onto Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. One of Michael's greatest strengths was his ability to explain complicated concepts and make them easily understandable. He delighted in teaching students his passion for biology and took pride in mentoring his students' careers more than his own. He also jointly collaborated and published more than 35 scientific papers and was a respected researcher. Michael married Jing Wang on December 26, 2007, in Hawaii, and their union was blessed with daughters Sophie (12), Quinn (9), and Carolyn (6). Michael deeply cared for his family and took great pride in his children's school, music, and dance accomplishments. Being a prodigious reader, his zest for learning has been conveyed to his daughters, who are great readers in their own right. Michael's closest friend was his wife Jing, as together they faced life's challenges while balancing career and family. They took pleasure in life's simple joys of long walks, gardening, fine food, and artistic performances by their children. Michael was a versatile scientist whose specialty was genetic profiling of animal and human circadian rhythms, but his collaborations also took him into the study of neural circuitry, functional genomics of skeletal muscle, lung diseases, and bioinformatics. Michael's desire in utilizing these diverse research methodologies was to develop effective therapies for the most vexing of human illnesses. In 2015, Michael's perspective turned to that of patient when diagnosed with brain cancer. Before facing a surgery, Michael quoted Eripides: "nothing has greater strength than dire necessity." Michael fought his own illness with grace and a stubborn courage. His blog "bachforthebrain" chronicled his observations about cancer with eloquence and deep humanism. Michael was a kind and compassionate go-to person in advising others confronting their own harsh diagnoses and a steadfast supporter of cancer research including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and American Cancer Society. Michael is survived by his wife Dr. Jing Hughes and daughters Sophie, Quinn, and Carolyn of the home; by his parents Nancy and Rich Hughes of Overland Park, KS, and by his sister Dr. Laura Hughes of San Diego, CA. Michael will always be remembered for his quick wit, playful humor, golfing eagles, photographic memory, and winning smile. Michael's scientific legacy will live on as colleagues develop solutions by extending his research. He will be honored at a memorial service in St. Louis at the Kriegshauser Mortuary (9450 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO) on May 8, 2021. Interment will be at a private ceremony in Overland Park, KS.
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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

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By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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