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Release: Jan. 11, 2002
Philip Hubbard, UI vice president and engineering professor emeritus,
CITY, Iowa -- Philip G. Hubbard, University of Iowa emeritus vice president
and emeritus professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering,
died Thursday, Jan. 10 at the age of 80 at University of Iowa Hospitals and
Arrangements are pending.
Commenting on the distinguished career of the longtime educator, administrator
and pioneer human rights advocate, UI President Mary Sue Coleman said, "Although
Phil Hubbard had already retired by the time I began my presidency in 1995,
he remained an important, active member of the community. He never lost his
drive for scholarship and his passion for fairness, equality, and human rights.
It was no surprise that in 2001, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission presented
him with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Phil's wise counsel
and good example have helped see me and countless others through many significant
decisions and events, and his legacy of compassion and principle will live
with the University of Iowa forever."
Hubbard's academic career included earning his bachelor of science degree
in electrical engineering in 1946, his master's in 1949, and his doctorate
in 1954, all from the UI. During a distinguished career that spanned more
than a half-century, he served as: research engineer in the Iowa Institute
of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) from 1946-66; professor of mechanical engineering
from 1954 until his retirement in 1991; and vice president for student services
and dean of academic affairs from 1966-89.
Hubbard was born March 4, 1921 in Macon, Mo. His association with the University
of Iowa began in 1940 when he enrolled as a freshman from Des Moines. After
serving in the military during World War II, he returned to the university
where he earned his doctorate in engineering in 1954.
Hubbard was the first African American professor at the University of Iowa.
His academic specialties were electronics and hydraulics, in which field he
earned an international reputation as a scholar, inventor, and consultant.
He was also a leading citizen of the university community who worked diligently
to create an environment in which all students and faculty would have an opportunity
to succeed according to their abilities. In 1963, UI President Hancher appointed
him to a special committee to develop the first human rights code for the
university. In 1965, Hubbard accepted an appointment as dean for academic
affairs, and in 1970, in recognition of his strong commitment to the inseparable
nature of academic affairs and student services, he was given the added title
of vice president for student services. Among his many major contributions
to the university community and the community at large was his leadership
in the Iowa Center for the Arts.
Other areas of service included but were not limited to the Board of Fellows
of the School of Religion, the Iowa Coordinating Council of Post-secondary
Education, as well as numerous local and statewide speaking engagements on
behalf of the university and the cause of human rights.
He believed the university should be accessible to all who were likely to
benefit from a college experience, and toward that end he created the Opportunity
at Iowa program. In 1981 the Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award was created
in recognition of his life-long commitment to the human rights of all people.
Also, in recognition of his many years of service, Hubbard Park, south of
the Iowa Memorial Union, was named in his honor in 1990 at the time of his
Willard "Sandy" Boyd, president of the University of Iowa from
1969-1981, upon learning of Hubbards death, said, "Mr. Hubbard
played an incomparable role in building the university by working constantly
to open it to all people and to treat each person individually and humanely."
After his retirement, Hubbard continued to serve his university, both as
consultant and through scholarly work in his academic field. In 1996 he published
a book, "New Dawns: A 150-Year Look at Human Rights at the University
Hubbard is survived by one daughter, four sons, and several grandchildren.
His wife, Wynonna, preceded him in death.