Hugh M. Cleveland

Hugh M. Cleveland


     Hugh Millan Cleveland, 99, died February 17, 2017.  A resident of Willow Valley Communities for 24 years, he formerly lived in Chatham, NJ where he was active in community affairs.

     He was born January 27, 1918 in New London, CT, the son of Irvin L. and Florence Cross Cleveland.  Growing up, he was an Eagle Scout.  He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Ceramics Engineering and was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.  An avid golfer, he was a member of The Madison Golf Club, The New Jersey Seniors, and The Summit Old Guard.  He had traveled abroad extensively and during retirement was a tour director in China.

     Lt. Cleveland served in the U. S. Navy and commanded Sub Chaser SC-1365 in the Pacific theater during WWII.  His Sub Chaser served as a Beach Control ship during the battle of Leyte Gulf and survived typhoon Cobra. Remaining in the reserves after the war, LCDR Cleveland USNR retired in 1966.

     He was with AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York City and Murry Hill, NJ for 38 years and retired in 1983 with four credited U.S. Patents and as Head of the Department for Information Analysis.

     In Lancaster, PA, he was a volunteer Appraise Counselor at the Office of Aging, a member of the Leader Lancaster SVS Council, the RSVP Council, the American Red Cross of Susquehanna Valley, and First Presbyterian Church.

     Hugh Cleveland was married for sixty-six years to the late Margaret Merchant Cleveland who passed away in July of 2008.  He is survived by a son David J. Cleveland and daughter-in-law Charlotte G. Cleveland of Bozeman, MT and a daughter Diane C. Baldwin, her husband John D. Baldwin, Jr. of Columbia, MD, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

     Services will be private and burial will be in Mount Freedom, NJ.

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