Remembrance: Mourning the loss of two UHa community members

Left: Maurice Huggins worked for Mail Services at the University of over 25 years. Right: Ronald LaComb was the business manager at the Barney School of Business | Courtesy and UNotes

The University is mourning the recent loss of two members of the Hartford community.

Ronald LaComb, the business manager for the Barney School of Business passed away on Nov. 20 after a battle with cancer, and Maurice Huggins of Mail Services passed suddenly three days later.

Both were integral members of the University community for years. LaComb started his career here at the University as a graduate assistant while he was pursuing an MBA from the Barney School of Business in 1997. From there he went on to be promoted to Budget Assistant, then Operations Manager, to eventually taking the position of Business Manager in 2008.

He made great contributions to the University including the design of both Mali auditoriums in Dana Hall and the creation of numerous symposiums and ceremonies over the years.

Barney School Dean James Fairfield-Sonn said of LaComb “he would do absolutely anything to move the Barney School forward. His love for the school was unsurpassed…He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.” LaComb was 71 years old, and leaves behind four children and eight grandchildren.
Maurice Huggins, who often went by “Mo,” was with Mail Services at the University for over 23 years where he was admired by coworkers and students alike. Most recently he held the position of Mail Services Operations Manager.

Mail Services Director Carol Murzyn told Unotes, “Mo will be missed as a co-worker, but most of all as a dear friend.”

Aside from his devotion to the University, Huggins also acted as a minister in the Greater Hartford area before eventually becoming ordained as a Bishop in 2004. There he took pride in being a self-taught musician, playing both the piano and the organ. Huggins was 48 years old and was survived by a wife, three children, and four sisters.

The wake for Maurice Huggins will be held on Dec. 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rehoboth Church of God in Bloomfield. His family encourages making donations to the Maurice Huggins Music Scholarship Funds. There will be no memorial service for LaComb in compliance with his wishes.