GEORGETOWN – Robert Carl Hubbard, formerly of Lancaster and husband of Catherine Brent Hubbard, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Hubbard was born July 9, 1927, in Columbia and was a son of the late Julius Clifford and Adele Aaron Hubbard.
He was a graduate of Oak Ridge Military Academy, attended The Citadel, a graduate of Duke University and the Duke School of Law. He served in the Navy during WWII
, practiced law in Charlotte, N.C., before joining the legal department of Springs Mills in Lancaster. In 1967, he became vice president and general counsel of the Springs Co. and was an officer and director of its foundations and ancillary companies, including the Springs and Close Foundations, the Lancaster and Chester Railroad, Leroy Springs and Co, the Springs Co., Springland Inc., the Bank of Lancaster, Central Carolina Bank, Charter Properties Inc., Kanawha Insurance Co. and Springs Leasing Corp. In 1963, Mr. Hubbard was appointed to the Lancaster County Educational Foundation and served as its president from 1972 to 1992. He was a founding member of the Southeastern Council on Foundations.
In 1981, he was recognized in appreciation for his extraordinary services to the University of South Carolina system and the cause for higher education in the state. In 1982, he was Lancaster Civitan Man of the Year, and in 1984 he was honored for his services to USC Lancaster. Hubbard Hall is named in honor of Mr. Hubbard and his father. The Lancaster County Commission for Higher Education honored Mr. Hubbard for his "special contributions to higher education" in the county in 1987. He was also appointed to an ad hoc governor's committee to work on solutions to the Catawba Indian Claim.
In 1992 he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by then-Governor Carroll Campbell for his many years of work for higher education. While in Lancaster he headed a committee that was charged with the task of the consolidation of city/county law enforcement. He was president of the Lancaster Lions Club, charter president of the Breakfast Rotary Club
, and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce as secretary 1982-1983, director 1984-1986. As a member of First United Methodist Church, he served at various times on the administrative board, the board of trustees, as Sunday school superintendant and teacher.
He is a member of the S.C. Nature Conservancy and served on their board from 1989-1998, and since moving to Georgetown, he had been a member of the Historic Rice Fields Association. He is a member of the Founders Society of Duke University, the President's Club at Clemson University, the American Legion, the Hart Masonic Lodge and the Jamestown Society. Mr. Hubbard is a descendant of Col. Walter Chiles. Mr. Hubbard was an active member of Duncan United Methodist Church in Georgetown.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Catherine Brent Hubbard; their son, Carl Brent Hubbard and his wife, Lori Anne Venn; their children, Brent Venn Hubbard and Isabel Adele Hubbard; their daughter, Laura Catherine Widmer, and her children, Casey Catherine Widmer and Jeffrey Clifford Widmer; his sister, Adele Aaron Williams; and his brother, Julius Clifford Hubbard Jr. and wife, Margaret.
Mr. Hubbard was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Steve C. Williams Jr.
The celebration of life services are 2 p.m. today, July 28, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Georgetown.
Family visitation at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. preceding the funeral.
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Memorials would be gratefully accepted at Duncan United Methodist Church in Georgetown or the Adele A. Hubbard Nursing Scholarship, USCL, P.O. Box 889, Lancaster, SC 29441.
The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is assisting the family.