Amherst Magazine

Edwin L. Hubbard '50

Deceased May 21, 2009

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In Memory

Ed Hubbard, 81, of Dudley, Mass., died peacefully at home on May 21, 2009. Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Elizabeth (Master) Hubbard; daughter Mary Jane Sullivan; son Richard K. Hubbard; daughter Catherine A. Eisenberg; daughter Barbara E. Frederick; and several grandchildren. 

Ed’s greatest loves in his life were his wife, children, grandchildren, the outdoors, camping, hiking the mountains of New England, the trails on his land in Dudley, geology, geography and mineralogy. Ed was a 1944 graduate of Bartlett High School in Webster, Mass. He later received a diploma from Governor Dummer Academy in South Byfield, Mass. He served as a aeaman in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1945 to 1946. In 1950, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and astronomy from Amherst College, after which he attended Lowell Textile Institute for a year. 

In 1951, Ed joined Packard Mills, Inc. as vice president and assistant treasurer. In 1966, Ed decided to pursue a career in academia. He earned a Master of Science degree in geology from the Univ. of Connecticut, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in physical geography from Clark Univ. He served as a geology instructor at UConn and as a geology instructor at Eastern Connecticut State Univ. 

In 1968, Ed was named professor of environmental science at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. Ed had a 21-year career at Nichols College, was named chairman of the Department of Environmental Science and chairman of the Division of Liberal Studies. 

After retirement from Nichols College in 1989, he was named professor emeritus. Ed was extremely active in his church, where up until his death he served as a deacon and in various committee chairmanships. Over the years, he also gave a great deal of his time and interest to the community, serving in various capacities. 

—Willie McCormick ’50

 

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