Amherst Magazine

Edwin L. Hubbard '50

Edwin L. Hubbard '50 died May 21, 2009.


In the fall of 1946 as Amherst freshmen, Ed Hubbard, Skip Knowlton and I were assigned to 301 James Hall.  At first we shared only our past service in the Navy.  Before long we were sharing much more, so much so that we were tagged as “The Rover Boys”.  That was the beginning of warm and close relationship that has continued through our lives.  At a Mt. Holyoke mixer that fall of freshmen year Ed met Elizabeth (Betty) Master and she remained the love of his life.  They introduced Skip to Elizabeth (Liz) Rockwood.   The courting continued all during the college years and both couples were married after graduation.  Memories flood back to me about the times we spent together talking and singing at picnics, parties, walks and bull sessions.  Thanks to Ed, we went on bigger ventures such as climbing Mt. Katahdin, touring the western National Parks one summer with Dave Rogers ’50 when Skip could not come and the tours around the Gaspé Peninsula, etc. After graduation The Rover Boys (& Girls) continued to keep in close touch.  We hiked together in the White Mountains and when I married, my wife, Dikken Wiborg, became a Rover Girl.  After I left New England for the West,  Ed and Skip continued with annual hikes together.  Despite the distance barrier we shared time together in many locations including Alpine, MT, Deer Isle, ME. and other New England spots, a coastal tour of Norway and a dinner in St. Thomas, U. S. V. I.  Through the years Ed and Betty, and Skip and Liz have been my closest friends. Ed was devoted to his wife Betty and together they raised 4 children.  Their children have provided ten grandchildren who Betty and Ed delighted in.  Ed wanted a good place for his children to grow and so he was active in his community and served on many committees and boards.  He was also active in his church and served as a Deacon as well as on many of the church committees. Ed loved mountains.  He climbed a small mountain while a boy at camp and that was all it took.  His love of mountains kept expanding to include Geography and Geology, then Mineralogy and Ecology and finally all of Earth Science.  It became his vocation and his avocation and he loved sharing his enthusiasm with his family, friends and students.  He wanted everyone to be able to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.  To this end he purchased land around his home as it became available. He established and maintained trails on the land, an activity that gave him great pleasure.  He and Betty protected the land through a Conservation Restriction that they gifted to the Massachusetts Audubon Society and an Agricultural Preservation Restriction that they sold to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this way the land is available for anyone to enjoy.  We walked the trails with Ed on most every visit to his home.  It is a delightful place. Ed was highly organized and he was tenacious.  This paid off when he researched his family genealogy.  After many years of work he authored a bound book “The American Ancestry of Edwin Lawrence Hubbard”.  This volume includes a biography of each relative, photographs of their houses and grave sites and detailed maps to the sites going back to the 1600s.  This was a huge task.  One has to attempt such a project to appreciate the feat.  His latest project was collecting samples of minerals from around the world.  What he had collected so far is all sorted, labeled and boxed. Ed, we will miss you but we thank you for sharing your fascination for all the Earth.  Your love of Betty and your children is worthy of our emulation.  After your death, I learned that you had written a few poems.  I hope you will not mind my sharing this poem with other grandfathers,

First Grandchild

By Edwin L Hubbard             October 25, 1989

We watch them grow. The cycle then begins anew.

Seed of my seed, I hold her in my arms,

And thoughts return to early days.

Six now there are, with more perhaps to come.

There’s love enough and more for all.

But only once the joy of holding number one.

The Last of the Rover Boys, Paul V Hoyer


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