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C. K. "HUB" HUBBARD


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C. K. "HUB" HUBBARD Obituary
DR. C. K. "HUB" HUBBARD

12/7/1918 - 12/17/2010

A most gentle soul and true gentleman, passed away on December 17, 2010, at age 92. 'Dr. Hub' was born in Alberta, Canada to Cliff and Laura Hubbard on a wheat ranch homesteaded by his father. At the age of 7, he and his family, including younger brother, Myron, moved to Portland, Oregon, where he attended school and worked in his father's bakery.

Hub met his life partner, Harriet Thompson in high school. From then on, they never stopped holding hands. Both attended Walla Walla College in Washington state, where they started their life together upon marriage in 1939. Hub went on to medical school at Loma Linda University and was part of an accelerated class because of the need for doctors in the Army during World War II. Just prior to being shipped overseas to the Phillipines, he became the proud father of a boy - nicknamed Skip.

Upon discharge in 1946 with the rank of Major, Hub returned to the Los Angeles area to be with his wife and son. They had traveled through a beautiful valley community named Chico, several years prior and decided that it was the perfect place for the family and the practice of medicine. Over the next four years, Hub ran a general practice of medicine and became very familiar with Enloe Hospital, even serving as Chief of Staff for one year. He was also the consulting physician for what was then known as Chico State College, including physician for the football team. Another son - Bill - was born during this first round of living in Chico.

An urge for more advanced medical training took the family to Portland, Oregon where Hub received specialized training as a Radiologist at the University of Oregon Medical School. The family couldn't wait to return to Chico, but not before Daddy's Little Girl - Gail - was born. She quickly began competition with Harriet for the number one spot in Hub's heart.

Moving the family back to Chico in 1955 proved to be the last shuffle. Chico was hometown. Hub became the first Radiologist in Chico and soon grew the practice into Chico Xray Medical Group, adding partners and providing diagnostic services to the mushrooming number of local physicians. Meanwhile, his connections with Enloe Hospital strengthened as he helped them establish an array of radiological services at the hospital, and later the Dorothy S. Enloe Cobalt Radiation Treatment Center. Hub kept both his group Radiology practice and Enloe Hospital on the cutting edge of cancer treatment and other radiological procedures. He also expanded radiological services to numerous rural areas, including Chester, Burney, and Fall River Mills.

Professionally he was involved locally and regionally in many aspects of medicine. He participated actively as a member of the Butte Glenn County Medical Society for 35 years and served as a delegate to the California Medical Association. Hub was also active for 25 years with the American Cancer Society at both the local and state levels. On numerous occasions he was a presenter at medical conferences, both in the US and abroad (including Russia!). He was also a member of the Radiologic Society of North America, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and received a fellowship in 1972 from the American College of Radiology.

Community participation included service on the board of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and as an active member of Rotary. He was particularly fond of making up Rotary meetings during his many years of travels throughout the country and world (especially Canada). Back home he was a founding member of Butte Creek Country Club, serving on their board of directors. Over the years he also served in a variety of capacities with many organizations - quality of life in Chico was important to him.

Travel was always a highlight in Hub's professional and personal life. He and Harriet discovered the fun of traveling in an RV. Prior to getting the RV bug, they always loved to spend time at the ocean - especially along the Mendocino coast. The RV gave them the opportunity to enjoy the Pacific ocean from Canada to Mexico, along with an occasional run to Texas to visit daughter, Gail.

During all this professional and community activity, Hub still made ample time for family and friends. From competitive games of badminton on Thursday nights at the Chico High gym, to families meeting up for weekend snow skiing trips at Lassen Park, he made sure his children experienced a little of everything. The discovery of Lake Almanor opened even more experiences. Hub and Harriet found a way to build a cabin and spend glorious days of vacation and weekends enjoying its beauty. World wide travels were never quite as satisfying as that trip to 'the lake'.

Harriet passed away in 2003. While Hub's independent spirit continued on, time began to take its toll on the body. For the last three years, he has been the recipient of outstanding care from the family of caregivers at the Courtyard in Chico. They adopted him and provided all the needed support as Alzheimer's disease deprived him of the active life he so dearly loved. His gentle soul touched so many.

Hub is survived by all three of his children and their spouses: Skip and Nancy Hubbard of Chico, Bill and Jeanne Hubbard of Chico, and Gail and Johnny Sagouspe of Keller, Texas. Grandchildren include: Dr. Randy Hubbard (wife Tanya) of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Randy was deeply inspired by his granddad and has specialized in Interventional Cardiology, Cathy Hubbard Longueira (husband Tony) of Chico, Jeff Hubbard (wife Charlotte) of Portland, Oregon, Mike Hubbard of Chico, Jon Heaney and Erin Heaney of Red Bluff. There are also nine great-grandchildren.

The family plans to gather in the Spring for a private celebration of life. Hub asked that any memorial contributions be directed to Enloe Hospital Foundation or the local .
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26, 2010
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