Thomas C. Hughes III, a Sacramento lawyer who had served since 2001 as general counsel for the California Housing Finance Agency, died Feb. 12 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his family said. He was 59.
Mr. Hughes was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to be general counsel at CHFA, which provides low- interest loans to first-time home-buyers. He previously practiced real estate and business law for almost 20 years and was a partner at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard.
"He was a tremendous colleague who went beyond the call of duty," said Steve Spears, CHFA deputy director. "I'd get thoughtful emails at all hours of the day from Tom. He put in long hours and did it all with an amazing sense of humor."
Born in 1952 in Glen Cove, N.Y., Mr. Hughes graduated from State University of New York in Oneonta in 1974. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 1978 and practiced for three years at Iwama & Castro.
He was a former president and board member of El Hogar Community Services Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides mental health programs in the Sacramento region.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Kim of Sacramento; sons, Alex and Jonathan, both of Sacramento; parents, Tom and Dorothy of Sacramento; and sister, Laurie Bartlett of Granite Bay.
A private service is planned. Donations in memory of Mr. Hughes may be made to Forbes Norris ALS Center, 2324 Sacramento St., Suite 150, San Francisco, CA 94115.