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Reinhardt's beloved oldest alumni, Marjorie Hubbard, passes away

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University’s oldest alumni, Marjorie Humphrey Hubbard – who celebrated her 100th birthday last summer, passed away peacefully at her Woodstock home on March 15, 2017. 

Marjorie attended Reinhardt in a different time. Sodas only had been recently allowed on campus, and boys and girls were not allowed to fraternize.

"Marjorie Hubbard has loved Reinhardt for over 80 years. I visited with her in her home several times over the last two years and was inspired by her stories of her time at Reinhardt and her faithful support of her alma mater over the years,” said Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard. “I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know her and call her friend."

Born in Ball Ground, Ga. on July 13, 1916, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Glenn Hubbard, and their daughter, Dr. Elaine Hubbard. Surviving are a niece, Pat Pope, a nephew, Bobby Hubbard, and a number of friends and special caregivers.

Marjorie, together with Glenn and Elaine, had a strong heart for Reinhardt. Mrs. Hubbard said last summer upon the celebration of her birthday, that she enjoyed coming to campus to see how much it had changed and to take in the beauty of the grounds.

The longtime educator started early – while she was in class studying to be a teacher, she was asked to teach one of the high school math classes after a teacher left.

“The dean asked if I would be willing to take the class and teach it in that man’s place,” she said last summer. “I told him that I would try.”

Although she left Reinhardt in the late 1930s, her dedication did not. The Hubbard family always found a place for Reinhardt in their lives.

A men’s residence hall on campus is named for Glenn and Marjorie Hubbard, as a generous donation made the construction of the building possible. The residence hall is suite-style with study areas that join two rooms together. More than 70 students are housed in “Hubbard Blue-Gold,” as the hall is known.

But their giving went further. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard were honored in 2012 with a special alumni recognition and presentation at the Talon Awards. In the early 1990s, the classes of 1934-1938 collaborated on a fundraising campaign for a Carillon on campus. The Hubbards co-chaired a committee and wrote letters and called friends to raise money for the cause. More than $200,000 was raised to build the Bell Tower and establish the William M. Bratton Scholarship Endowment.

Mrs. Hubbard will be laid to rest Sunday, March 19 after a funeral service at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Woodstock Funeral Home, 8855 Main St., in downtown Woodstock.

Floral memorials are accepted, or donations to one of the following charities: Reinhardt University, www.reinhardt.edu, The Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc, www.gtf.gatech.edu,  or the Sequoyah Regional Library System, www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org, designated for Woodstock or Ball Ground libraries.

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Marjorie Hubbard '37 passed away March 15, 2017. She was 100 years old.

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Marjorie Hubbard is pictured with Dr. Kina S. Mallard on the occasion of Mrs. Hubbard's 100th birthday last July.

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