Hughitt Gregory Moltzau

Published 12:17 pm Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hughitt Gregory Moltzau, 96, died on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Tryon Estates, a Life Community.

He was born in Strum, Wisc., Aug. 9,1914 to Herman and Goldie Knudtson Moltzau. Married Orvetta Nellie Braker Dec. 30, 1940. Orvetta, “Vets,” passed at Tryon Estates, March 30, 2002.

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He graduated from Menomonie, Wisconsin High School in 1932. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stout in 1926. He holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.

Hugh had a brief teaching career in Austin, Minn., and Grosse Pointe Country Day School in Michigan. He was in management training at Chrysler Tank Arsenal, corporate training director for Park Davis and Warner Lambert. He was president of the Detroit Chapter of American Society of Training Directors. He joined Parke-Davis in 1949 and retired in 1979. They owned a home in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., for 30 years.

Hugh and Vets moved to Tryon after retirement. They built their retirement home on Melrose Mountain. Hugh was active in the Tryon Country Club, serving as president 1992-3. He played golf into his early 90s. He served on the board of trustees for Tryon Congregational Church.

In 1995, they sold their home and moved to Tryon Estates, a Life Care community in Columbus. He has been chairperson of several committees while living at Tryon Estates, including medical liaison committee, the Christmas fund and the scholarship fund.

Hugh and Vets enjoyed traveling the U.S. including Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, Singapore, Mexico and around the world. On Sept. 30, 2009 Hugh returned to Wisconsin to receive the University of Wisconsin Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hugh requested, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to any of the below:

• Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722


• Appalachian State University, Hughitt and Orvetta Endowed Scholarship for Polk County, 206 Founders Hall, ASU Box 32604, Boone, N.C. 28608-2064

• University of Wisconsin-Stout, Hughitt and Orvetta Braker Moltzau Scholarship, P.O. Box 790 Menomonie, Menomonie, Wisc. 54751-0790