Thomas ‘Tom’ Nelson Hubbard
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Thomas “Tom” Nelson Hubbard died Monday, March 21, 2011, in Santa Barbara, Calif., from cardio-respiratory failure.
A private graveside service was held at Santa Barbara Cemetery and a family celebration of his life at Birnam Wood Golf Club where he resided.
Born Feb. 22, 1931, in Rockford, Ill., Tom Hubbard attended Rockford schools, Hotchkiss School “Class of ’49” and Yale University Class of ’53.
He was a loving husband for 30 years to Loretta “Lorry” Hubbard and a loving father to daughter, Mary Hubbard and husband Jonathan Carlisle; son, David (Kathy) Hubbard; grandchildren, Will and Davis Carlisle, Sarah, and Tyler (now deceased), and David’s children Chris, Alan, and Claire Hubbard.
Tom was dearly loved by his wife’s children and grandchildren, Rick, Daniel (Connie), Lex (Ted) McCarthy, Amy, and Peter Woodworth, Rick’s sons Doug, Michael, and Matthew, Daniel’s son Tyler, and Peter’s daughters, Roxanne and Brielle.
Although he became a paraplegic in 1975, following a hang glider accident in Aspen, Tom’s enthusiasm for life, adventure, sports, travel, flyfishing, and the invention and production of educational resource materials, both for science and art, was unhampered.
His sense of humor, his intellect, and his charming smile were enjoyed by all who knew him.
Tom was also a talented watercolor artist, primarily of landscapes, fishing scenes, and the beauty he and Lorry saw on their travels as well as near their home in the Dordogne area of France. He showed in various galleries around the country as well as in Aspen, where he lived for over 30 years.
His former wife, Katherine “Donie” Hubbard, resides in Carbondale, Colorado.
Tom’s cousin Barbara (Elbridge) Gerry resides in Rockford, Ill.
Memorials may be sent to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Foundation in Aspen; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, Calif.; or the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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