Hugh Herbert Obituary

As a young man Hugh became active in the Wesley Foundation and was encouraged to attend college. He enrolled at U.M. and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 1941. He continued with Wesley, singing with a famous “12-legged Quartet”, composed of the brothers Dahlstrom, Barrett, and Herbert. They traveled all around the valleys singing in churches. He stated a job as student pastor for churches in Deer Lodge and Avon, and also at the prison, Galen and Warm Springs Hospitals.

Rev Hugh Herbert graduated with a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from Boston University School of Theology and served at the Lakeside church in Lynn, Massachusetts while attending school.  He traveled and sang with the B.U. Seminary Singers and came to Montana with the singers in June 1946 to give concerts in Helena, Great Falls, and Miles City, as well as at the Methodist Conference where his appointment to Fort Benton was announced. He subsequently served churches in Bozeman, Missoula (twice), and Great Falls, as well as administrative positions on the Yellowstone and Jurisdictional Conferences of the Methodist Church. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

Hugh and his wife Helen(Riffo) had four children (Susan, Peggy, David, Rob). She passed in 1995. He married Dorothy Northcutt, a Methodist pastor, who served the church in Salmon Creek near Vancouver, in Sept. 2000, and enjoyed nine happy years together before Dorothy passed away in 2009.

Hugh loved to sing more than anything else, except maybe preach, and he was very good at both. During his many years in Missoula, he sang with the First United Methodist Church, Mendelssohn Club, Symphony Chorale, and anyone else who asked him. In fact, the whole family sang at home, camp, on road trips, or wherever they happened to be. In addition to music, Hugh liked woodworking and building things, fly fishing, and just about all sports (Once he even rated a Missoulian column by John T. Campbell). He was a lifelong Griz fan, although while he lived in Bozeman he was one of the few (if any) UM alums ever to serve on the Bobcat Booster Club.