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Hugh Caddess '58 October 12, 2020 3:04 PM updated: October 12, 2020 3:25 PM

Hugh Neil Caddess
May 29, 1936 - October 1, 2020

Hugh “Hoopy” Neil Caddess passed away on October 1, 2020 at his home in San Antonio, TX. He is survived by his wife, Ana Caddess.

No one ever called him “Hugh”. He was “honey”, “dad”, “grandpa”, “pateh”, but always “Hoopy”

Hoopy was born May 29, 1936, the only child of James Harvey Caddess and Patti Orlie Caddess (née Minkert). He was educated in Bryan and earned a degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 1960.

From an early age, Hoopy was an ardent traveller, especially if the method of travel was inconvenient and uncomfortable. As a 17-year-old in 1953, Hoopy journeyed to Mexico City with nothing but $100 and a round-trip ticket in his pocket. During the summers he worked at resorts in Glacier National Park, Aspen, and Nantucket.

In 1955 Hoopy boarded a freighter as a passenger on its run from Seattle to Singapore. His ship called at ports in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia. From Singapore he took his first airplane trip to Dacca, East Pakistan (present-day Dhaka, Bangladesh). On the way to Dacca, the plane made an overnight stop in Rangoon, Burma (present-day Yangon, Myanmar). His return trip in 1956 was by train through India from Calcutta (Kolkata) to Bombay (Mumbai), making visits to Benares (Varanasi), Agra, and Delhi on the way. The world that 19-year-old Hoopy traveled was changing rapidly, and he was determined to see it all.

From Delhi he flew to Cairo for a few days, then to Rome where he spent nearly a week. Now in the European continent, he travelled by train to Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Granada, Córdoba, and Lisbon. After a flight from Lisbon to New York, he took a bus to Vaiden, Mississippi (present-day Vaiden, Mississippi) where his parents' 1948 Pontiac awaited him to return to Bryan.

After teaching math for two years in Houston, Hoopy decided that he needed more travel in his life. He went to work for the Army Map Service where he had challenging assignments in 38 countries and 20 states. His work was special geodetic surveying assignments and training others. (Geodesy is the Earth science of accurately measuring and understanding Earth's geometric shape, orientation in space, and gravitational field.)

In the Middle East he first led an optical satellite tracking team in Oman and later took over the task of synchronizing the precise timing for the tracking teams in Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, and Oman and assisting the teams with conventional surveying computations.

In Africa he served as contract inspector on the first East-West precise geodetic survey. Work on that project took four seasons to complete 1967 to 1970. The contractor was the Institut Géographique National of France, which gave Hoopy an opportunity to learn French. He was geodetic advisor to a precise geodetic surveying project in the Sénégal River Valley along the border of Sénégal and Mauritania. While on that assignment he wrote some useful programs for astronomic computations and developed an improved method for transferring precise leveling across a river which was later presented at a national conference of the ACSM.

In 1981 he moved to San Antonio to work in the InterAmerican Geodetic Service, an agency of the Defense Mapping Agency, as chief of the Technical Division. He worked with many countries in Latin America.

That year he met his wife Ana Caddess (née Mostkoff), at a Foreign Language conference at Trinity University. They got married in 1982 and lived happily ever after. In 1990 she followed him to El Paso for a change of assignments, and in 1994 he followed her to Brownsville, Texas for a new job.

After he retired, Hoopy became interested in the challenges of the stock market. He was a careful investor, focused on creating a portfolio that produced a growing income. Along with his wife, Ana, Hoopy freelanced as a translator, particularly of technical documents.

Hoopy believed in being an engaged citizen. He was an election judge in El Paso, Brownsville, and San Antonio. He volunteered his time and expertise to help people with their tax returns. He was president of the Alliance Francaise in San Antonio and in Brownsville and active in El Paso. He was treasurer of the Brownsville Republican Club. President of NARFE in Brownsville.

He was a devoted husband, an attentive father, and always the grandfather with the best stories. He was a good friend and some friends still remember him for his jokes and pranks in high school.

Hoopy leaves his wife, Ana Caddess; his daughters Dr. Melissa Fein (Aaron) and Jill Brode; his grandchildren, Abra Fein, Mira Fein (Jake), and Karl Brode (Ly); his stepchildren, Philip Borenstein (Wendy) and Shifra Birnbaum (Barry); and his step-grandchildren, Jennifer Hsia-Michaels (Lazar), Olivia Hsia, Nicholas Hsia, Jordan Birnbaum, Max Birnbaum, and Gil Borenstein.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Harvey Caddess and Patti Orlie Minkert, and by his stepdaughter, Edna Jaye Hsia.

As Hoopy goes on his last adventure, we remember his kindness, his wisdom, his humor, and most of all, his stories. Visitation at Porter Loring North on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with family remembrances at 6:00 p.m.

1:00 PM

Final Resting Place
Bryan City Cemetery
Bryan, TX -

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