Hugh Francis Farabaugh

October 12, 1933 ~ July 25, 2022 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Hugh Francis Farabaugh, age 88, died on Monday, July 25, 2022. Hugh was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 12, 1933 to Urban and Grace Farabaugh. Hugh joined the Army in 1954 and served in the Korean War. In 1959 he graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, and the New York State University at Buffalo. He began his career as a job analyst in 1959 at Crucible Steel Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1962 he joined Bell Aerospace / Textron in Buffalo, New York. There he held several positions of increasing responsibility in job analysis and technical recruitment, which eventually led to his appointment as staff assistant to the vice president of Human Resources. Hugh met Joan in 1966 while working in Buffalo and they married on December 20, 1969. He was promoted to Director of Employee Relations in 1972 for Bell Aerospace (Textron Marine) in New Orleans. His tenure with Bell Aerospace (Textron Marine) spanned 15 years. He joined Martin Marietta later known as Lockheed Martin in 1977 as the Director of Human Resources for the New Orleans based Michoud operations. His responsibilities during his service to Lockheed Martin included staffing, talent and organizational development, benefits, recreation and employee services, labor relations, security, medical services, employee training and certification, and performance management. He served on numerous civic and community boards in New Orleans including: University of New Orleans, College of Education, Community Board of Advisors; University of New Orleans, Business/Higher Education Council, Bureau of Government Research, Metropolitan Area Committee, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, and Board of Trustees for Humana Hospital. Hugh and Joan enjoyed traveling, which they continued to do following his retirement from Lockheed Martin in 2002, after 25 years of exemplary service. A big passion in Hugh’s life was watching and cheering for his beloved home town Pittsburgh Steelers. He took great pride in their success with six Super Bowl victories.

Hugh is survived by his beloved wife Joan, of 53 years; son Dr. Paul B. Farabaugh (Kate), granddaughter Julia Marie, Step-Grandchildren Cooper and Emma-Grace Joyner, all of Tupelo, MS; and son Luke D. Farabaugh of Metairie, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brothers Merle, Patrick, Fr. Clinton and sister Rose Skelley.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 12:15 PM (the memorial mass will be live streamed at with visitation beginning at 10:15 am. Interment will be private. A reception will follow in the Iberville Hospitality Room of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 4640 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119; St. Michael’s Special School, 1522 Chippewa St., New Orleans LA 70130; The Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675; or a charity of your choice. To sign the guest book, visit


August 6, 2022

10:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home
3827 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Memorial Mass
August 6, 2022

12:15 PM
Jacob Schoen & Son - J. Garic Schoen Chapel
3827 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119


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