1980 – 2020
The ACTG Network Coordinating Center at Social & Scientific Systems (SSS) and colleagues throughout the group mourn the unexpected passing of David Hughes, 40, on August 7, 2020. David was a Senior Research Associate and Certified Clinical Research Professional. He managed the ACTG’s Performance Evaluation Committee and its site and laboratory evaluation programs. Many also knew David from past support in coordinating the network’s meetings and retreats and the Site Management and Clinical Committee’s Training and Evaluation Working Group.
During his 16 years at SSS, David also worked in the operations center for the IMPAACT Network and the Community Program for Clinical Research on AIDS, serving in the roles of network community coordinator, meeting planning, and administrative group manager.
David graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Although he was of the analytical mindset, he soon realized he wanted a career that would contribute to improving public health.
David was committed to community service. He served on SSS’ Community Service Committee and volunteered as Co-Chair of the Legacy Project Working Group, Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination. David also served as an advisor and grant reviewer for HIV prevention and public health programs overseen by local health departments and community-based organizations, including Washington D.C.’s Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration and the Regional Planning Commission on Health and HIV.
David enjoyed traveling, having fun with family and friends, and performing as part of a West African dance company. He was a bright, happy, energetic, kind, and selfless individual who served as a mentor, role model, and friend to many. He always had a smile on his face, was willing to help, looked at the positives in every situation, and genuinely made the world a better and happier place. We join together to grieve the loss of this member of our ACTG family.