Fly Fishing Icon Hugo Melvoin Passes

Legendary fly fisher Hugo Melvoin, who was founding member of the first Chapter of TU outside Michigan state, Board Chair of the Henry’s Fork Foundation, and member and past president of the Anglers Club of Chicago,  has passed away. “A gifted orator with a wry sense of humor he will be missed by all who knew him in the fly fishing fraternity,” says friend and colleague Robert Tomes.

Read more in the release below.

For immediate release:

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our long time friend and fly fishing icon Hugo Melvoin after a long and courageous fight with cancer. Founding member of the Chicago based Elliot Donnelly Chapter of TU -the first ever outside the state of Michigan – Hugo was a long time member and past president of the Anglers Club of Chicago and Board Chair of his beloved Henry’s Fork Foundation. A gifted orator with a wry sense of humor he will be missed by all who knew him in the fly fishing fraternity.

Robert Tomes
President, Anglers Club of Chicago

From the Chicago Tribute:

Hugo J. Melvoin, 84, beloved husband of Lois nee Grauer for 62 years. Attorney for 28 years with Mayer Brown; an avid fly-fisherman, Lifelong Board Member Field Museum, active member Jewish Federation of Chicago, Board Chair Henry’s Fork Foundation. Devoted father of Richard (Barbara) Melvoin, Jeffrey (Martha) Melvoin and Susan (the late Edward) Martin. A very special grandfather of Sarah (Jeff) Bridich, Rebecca (Ryan) Sherburne, Nicholas Melvoin, Charles Melvoin and Benjamin Martin. Extraordinary great-grandfather of Benjamin and Maya. Dear brother of Marilyn Richman. Memorial service Sunday, March 31, 3 pm at North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Hugo’s name to Henry’s Fork Foundation, PO Box 550, 512 Main Street, Ashton, ID 83420, or North Shore Congregation Israel would be appreciated. Info: PISER FUNERAL SERVICES, 847-679-4740.

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