Dr. Melvin Clay Hobson Jr., Ph.D., 86, of Hyannis, Mass., and formerly of South Windsor and East Hampton, widower of the late Patricia Ann (Gallagher) Hobson, with whom he shared 50 wonderful years of marriage, passed away Sunday morning, April 7, 2013, at the Mayflower Rehabilitation Center in Yarmouth, Mass.
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Born Aug. 7, 1926, in Ft. Myers, Fla., he was the son of the late Melvin and Gladys (Worthington) Hobson. Dr. Hobson served proudly during World War II in China with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a doctor of physical chemistry, receiving his master's degree in chemistry at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and his doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a research chemist as well as a professor of chemistry for many years. He was also an expert in the field of Mossbauer Spectroscopy, publishing many articles and speaking about the subject at numerous conferences across the country and the world. His hobbies included genealogy, gardening, photography, and gourmet cooking, as well as spending time with his daughters and grandchildren.
Survivors include three loving daughters, Lisa and Dean Senesac of Pittsboro, Ind., Kathleen and Robert Clay of Amston, and Kimberly Hobson of Hoboken, N.J.; four wonderful grandchildren, Shannon Garrigus, Jordan Duff, and Jacqueline and Kevin Clay; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor. The family will receive guests starting at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor.
Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester.
Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 10 to Apr. 14, 2013
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