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Chemistry grad student Hughes dies at 24

STANFORD -- Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Rodin Sculpture Garden on the Stanford campus for Daniel John Hughes, 24, a graduate student in chemistry who collapsed and died after jogging Wednesday, Aug. 23.

The cause of death remains under investigation, according to Stanford Police Capt. Raoul Niemeyer. Hughes, from Tucson, Ariz., was found unconscious Wednesday morning near the intersection of Bowdoin Street and Pine Hill Road in the residential part of campus, police said. He died at Stanford University Hospital, where he had been taken by paramedics.

Hughes had gone out for a jog earlier that morning with his Escondido Village roommate, Niemeyer said. During the run, he stopped and said he felt tired, and told the roommate to continue without him, Niemeyer said. A little later, authorities were called to the site where he had collapsed.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Hughes is survived by his father, Malcolm Hughes, of Tucson, Ariz., director of the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research at the University of Arizona, and mother, Pat Hughes, of Prescot, England, and a sister, Rachel Hughes, of Tucson.

A native of Durham, England, who grew up in the Liverpool area, Daniel Hughes earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry, with first class honors, from Magdalen College, Oxford University.

Malcolm Hughes said his son was an avid reader, filmgoer and devoted fan of the Liverpool Football Club. A bicyclist and squash player, he also played cornet and trumpet.

"He was a very witty person, and very generous," Malcolm Hughes said. "He could never pass an outstretched hand on the street without dropping off a few dollars."

"Danny was a brilliant person," said his faculty adviser, Richard Zare, professor of chemistry. "He loved sports and he loved people, and gave generously to others."

Malcolm Hughes said that since Daniel was known for his generosity with homeless people and panhandlers, memorial donations could be made to charitable organizations that specialize in helping such individuals.

In addition, Zare said, the Department of Chemistry has established a book fund in Hughes' memory. Donations can be sent to Anthony Angiletta, director of collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA 94305- 6004. Checks should include the notation, "For the Daniel J. Hughes Memorial Book Fund."


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