Robert Hobbs

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Robert Hobbs Robert Wesley "Bob" Hobbs, PhD, 74, of North Beach, died peacefully January 11 at his residence. Born January 28, 1938 in Chester, West Virginia to Sara (Caughey) and Harry Spivey Hobbs, Bob was raised in Chester and graduated from Chester High School. He received a bachelor's in physics at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1960, and then received his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He and his first wife, Mary Ann McLaughlin, came to the Washington, DC area in 1964 in order to work at Naval Research Laboratory.He went on to work at NASA Goddard where he met Bee DeLung.Bob and Bee married at Friendship United Methodist Church on June 7, 1980.He then went on to the aerospace company CTA where he worked on many projects including the Hubble Space Telescope.He retired at age fifty-five in 1992. Bob was president of the Azalea Society of America from 1988 to 1990 and editor of The Azalean from 1988 to 1998.He enjoyed keyboard instruments, including building a harpsichord in 1964 and reviving a wide range of other instruments from player pianos, a theater organ, several pianos, a clavichord, and a large church organ.He was a life member of the Organ Historical Society (since 1964) and member of the Theater Organ Society, Musical Box Society, and Carousel Society. Bob was also involved in his church and community.He was the organist at Friendship United Methodist Church from 1982 to 2009.He and his wife Bee also volunteered at SCAN food bank and continued to support local senior citizens after Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers dissolved. Bob is survived by his devoted wife, Belinda L. "Bee" Hobbs of North Beach; son, James David Hobbs and wife Lisa of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Anne Marie Stallings and husband Joshua of Cheverly; brother, David Hobbs and wife Rose Marie of Belmont, MA; four grandchildren, Chloe M. and Astrid L. Hobbs, and Violet S. and Evan B. Stallings; and niece, Nedda Hobbs, M.D of Belmont. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m., today, Tuesday, January 15, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. Services and a celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday January 16 at Friendship U.M. Church, 22 W. Friendship Rd., Friendship. Interment will be in the church cemetery. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Expressions of sympathy in Bob's name may be made to the Friendship UM Church, Building Fund. For information or to leave condolences visit
Published in The Capital on Jan. 16, 2013
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