Hugh Owen Nash, Jr.

September 6, 1944July 10, 2018
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Hugh O. Nash, Jr., PE, FIEEE, FASHE, passed away on July 10, 2018. He was born in Savannah, GA. on September 6, 1944. He is preceded in death by his parents Hugh O. Nash Sr. and Ruo Beebe. Survived by his wife Pott, and sister Gayle Nash. Children Catherine Elder, Hugh, Will, and Sarah. Son-in-law Kevin Elder and daughters in law Meghan (Ingleson) and Sarah (Statz). Grandchildren Elizabeth, Michael, Jacob, Anna Grace, Mary Catherine, Michaela, Reagan, and McCarthy. One great granddaughter Mason. He will be dearly missed by his family and the many suffering alcoholic’s he has assisted in finding Sobriety.

Hugh received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1967 and his Master’s Degree in EE from Tennessee State University in 1979. With 50 total years of engineering experience, he has devoted the last 42 exclusively to healthcare. Hugh has been licensed to practice in over 35 states. In 1997 he was a founding partner with Nash Lipsey Burch (NLB) which became Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (M+NLB). Prior to that, he was VP of the Health Care Division at Smith Seckman Reid (SSR).

Hugh was a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) where he’s received seven (7) prize paper awards, the Standards Medallion, and the IEEE Centennial Medal. He Chaired the IEEE White Book Working Group for over 20 years and three editions and was IEEE Nashville Engineer of the Year in 1997.

37-year member of the National Electrical Code committee responsible for Article 517. He serves on the NFPA 99 Electrical Systems Committee and the NFPA 110 Technical Committee responsible for Standby and Emergency Power Systems. He served as Chair of the NFPA 99 Electrical Systems Committee for 12 years and received the NFPA Committee Achievement Award for his service.

Hugh served as a member of the Health Guidelines Revision Committee for over 20 years, and after 10 years of service he recently stepped down as Board Member of the Facilities Guidelines Institute responsible for publishing the Health Guidelines.

He was a Fellow in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and author of the ASHE/AHA Handbook for Electrical Engineers. The second edition was released January 2013 with new chapters on Arc Flash and Generator Paralleling Systems. He has published over 50 articles and papers on diverse topics including emergency power systems, engine-generator loading, generator excitation systems, distributed generation, parallel operation of generators, electrical safety, engineering management, and quality management.

Hugh was also a very accomplished athlete. He won two high school State Tennis Championships in Georgia and on the Georgia Junior Circuit. Hugh played on the Freshman Tennis Team at Vanderbilt. He was the Captain of Vanderbilt Swim Team, held several Vandy Records, and was Second in the SEC 100 yd butterfly.

Hugh was also the author of the book Patriot Sons, Patriot Brothers. He was a member of the society of the Cincinnati.

In his own words his greatest accomplishments are: My family, my sobriety, being a Fellow in IEEE and his success in SEC Butterfly.

He was also a huge Georgia Bulldog fan. Go Dawgs!


  • Rosary Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 13, 2018

Hugh Owen Nash, Jr.

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James M. Daley, P. E.

July 13, 2018

I am saddened by our loss but most thankful for having shared life with Hugh for more than 30 years. He is a cherished colleague. We had the opportunity to share efforts on a number of IEEE papers.
At many of the IEEE IAS meetings, we sought each other out to share technical knowledge. More than this, we shared spiritual support. I always cane away from these encounters better for having known Hugh.
I will miss the occasional encounters we shared since we retired, but will remain thankful for those opportunities.
The Lord blesses each with diverse talents and abilities. Hugh responded to the Lord's call to ministry in both this professional and personal life by sharing these with others. Certainly, he provided council and comfort to me in some difficult times.
May I offer this Irish Blessing
"May the road rise up to meet Hugh on his last journey. May the wind blow softly at his back and the rain fall gently on his fields. Until we meet again, may the Good Lord hold him in the palm of his hands."
Deacon James M. Daley P.E,

Linda Marzialo

July 12, 2018

I have known Hugh for over 30 years. He never stopped being a remarkable engineer and he never stopped being a true friend. We will miss you, Hugh.

Roger Bowman

July 12, 2018

Hugh - what a great friend. We began our relationship in business when he joined SSR and it continued through my retirement. Our friendship bridged all of our professional activities. We enjoyed taking about the Dogs. He was always asking if my brother had climbed the fence at practice to learn the latest. We shared a focus on our families and that is where we connected most of all. The world and my life are better because of Hugh. I enjoyed him, loved him, and will always treasure his memory. We old genealogists have a saying "no one is ever gone until people stop taking about them". Hugh will never be gone. May God be with your family and bring you peace.

Bobby Fisher

July 10, 2018

I could never find the right words to express my deepest thanks to the man, who along with his loving family, took my hand when I needed someone the most and helped guide me through 20+ years of sobriety and life. Thanks Hugh. You will be missed!

Chad Beebe

July 10, 2018

Hugh was a mentor and a colleague for many years. After a little diligence on Hugh's part we found out that we were actually related! Cousins by blood. His expertise and sense of humor will be missed.
Rest in Peace "Cuz"

Mort Hill

July 10, 2018

Hugh was a friend first, a mentor to me in the electrical industry, and a cheerleader for me in my 20 plus years of sobriety. His friendship and his countless stories and experiences will be sorely missed.