Deceased September 12, 2023

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Hobie died on Sept. 12, 2023, from pneumonia, exacerbated by underlying health conditions. 

He is survived by wife Cynthia, known as “Cynie,” whom he married in 1961, and their son, Andrew ’92. Hobie spent most of his youth in and around Cleveland, graduated from Western Reserve Academy and matriculated at Amherst in the fall of 1947. He was a member of the wrestling and cross-country teams, worked with the Student staff and knew just about everyone. 

After Amherst, he went to the University of Michigan Law School, then to the Army as a clerk-typist. Because he was top of his class, he got his choice of postings to a chateau in France with an intelligence agency, a convenient jumping-off point for European adventures, often attended by Amherst friends. Then back to Cleveland with the law firm of Baker-Hostetler, becoming a partner in due course. He fondly recalled working with the company that held the rights to the Peanuts comic strip and with its creator, Charles Shulz. Hobie traveled the world pursuing counterfeiters of Snoopy dolls and enforcing copyright standards.

Cynie and Hobie found a house in Moreland Hills, Ohio, that they enjoyed for decades, and had Andrew and a series of dogs to be aired along their 400-foot driveway. 

Hobie loved the outdoors, camping and hiking. He enjoyed a summer (fishing) house on Lake Temagami, some 200 miles north of Toronto. Through childhood and his young adult years, Andrew accompanied Hobie on western and Alaskan trips. Hobie excelled at photographing wildlife and vistas. 

After retirement, Hobie and Cynie took hiking trips to the Pyrenees, Mont Blanc, Patagonia, Romania and Armenia. In recent years, when traveling was out, he shared stories of his travels with residents of his retirement village. He lived an interesting and full life of 94 years. 

Everett E. Clark ’51, with input from Andrew Cleminshaw ’92