Hugh Decherd McAfee
of Navarro County, Texas


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Hugh Decherd McAfee


Hugh Decherd McAfee was born on Feb 25, 1908 in Young Co., TX to Ira Decherd McAfee & Nancy Caroline "Nannie" (Ballew) McAfee.  He was the grandson of Hugh Embury McAfee & Elizabeth Rice "Bettie" Groves; great-grandson of Hugh McDuffie McAfee & Roseanna Toal.  He was married to Gladys Barnes (1907-1936) and Hazel Aline White (1908-1996). He was Professor Emeritus at University of Texas in Arlington.  Hugh Decherd McAfee died in Ft. Worth, TX on Jan 27, 1988.   His son, Don Michael McAfee, passed away on July 4th of 2005.

New City Chemist Assumes Position - H.D. McAfee

APRIL 1, 1932
Corsicana Daily Sun

The Graham Leader, Graham, Texas - Thursday, April 7, 1932

Fort Worth Star-Telegram - September 29, 1967




MCAFEE, Hugh Decherd, 79, of Graham, Young County, professor emeritus of chemistry, University of Texas at Arlington.  Services 10 a.m. Friday, St. Stepohen's United Methodist Church, Arlington


Services for Hugh Decherd McAfee, 79, were held at St. Stephen United Methodist Church.

Mr. McAfee was raised in Graham and moved to Arlington in 1947. He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas in the early 1930s. He taught in the chemistry department at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1946-1975. At the time of his death, he was chemistry professor emeritus at UTA. He developed a chemical engineering course and co-authored a freshman chemistry textbook used by the department. He was a Texas registered professional engineer for many years. He made contributions in the area of water treatment and sewage control. He received honors from the State Department of Health during his career for work in the field. He helped establish the Trinity River Authority project and was a consultant for 10 years. He was author of several publications on water treatment and sewage control. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and Mended Heart, an Arlington support group for heart by-pass patients.

Survived by his wife; one son - Don McAfee; one sister - Grace Perry; seven grandchildren.


  • The Graham Leader - January 31, 1988


Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas - January 28, 1988; Page 29


Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, USA


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