“He tried to work things out for us,” Hurtado said. Haugh hired Hurtado as a professor in the early 1970s, but the two first met when Hurtado was a student at the college in the late 1960s, during the height of anti-war sentiment over the Vietnam War. Haugh talked to students, did not “sequester himself in his office,” and encouraged people to have dialogue over the war, Hurtado said. Former colleagues said the informal, folksy attitude extended to job interviews. Tom Gerfen, another Haugh hire who retired last year, said his interview “was really more of a chat.” Under Haugh’s leadership, the student body grew not only in numbers, but in diversity, Gerfen said. Recruitment was only part of his plan, colleagues said. Scholarships, mentoring and tutoring services and support groups were all implemented to assist struggling students. The affable educator loved the academic world and often observed classes, joining in discussions “only when we called on him,” Hurtado said. Seeing students become passionate about an issue or showing a deep interest thrilled Haugh. But he would also note students who were not paying attention in class, colleagues said. His other love was anything related to USC, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in education. He is survived by two daughters. His wife, Helen, died in September 2005. A private service will be held. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He had a true open-door policy and was always out and about on campus,” said Michael Hurtado, dean of the social and behavior sciences department. Haugh is also credited for turning Citrus from a traditional junior college into a community college open to all students, and for expanding many of the academic programs. Haugh was a quiet man, a consensus builder with a “great sense of humor,” Hurtado said. Haugh preferred to listen rather than speak and cared for the faculty, colleagues said. Hurtado recalled cantankerous salary negotiations that ended with the arbitrator siding with the administration. That following Monday, Haugh announced to the faculty that he was going to give them the increase they wanted. Robert D. Haugh, a long-time San Gabriel Valley educator and former president and superintendent of Citrus College, died Saturday. He was 93. Haugh served as superintendent and president of Citrus College from July 1967 until his retirement in June 1981. He was also a dean at Pasadena City College and president of Glendale Community College before Citrus. Former Citrus College colleagues credited Haugh, a Monrovia resident, for doubling student enrollment, hiring women and minority professors and overseeing campus renovations. His accomplishments included the building of the performing arts center, vocational education buildings, the educational development center and the child care center. The Haugh Performing Arts Center on campus is named in his honor.