By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
3:16 PM EDT, May 23, 2013
Donald C. Hubbard Sr., a retired director of human resources who was also a labor lawyer, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at Rutherford House, an Annapolis hospice. He was 84.
The son of a pharmacist and a homemaker, Donald Creel Hubbard Sr. was born and raised in Jackson, Miss., and graduated from Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga.
From 1942 to 1943, he served in the merchant marine and then enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific until being discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant.
In 1949, he earned a bachelor's degree from Mississippi College. That year, he married Mary Lou Skidmore.
He began working for the Atomic Energy Commission at Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 1950, while earning his law degree in 1956 from the University of Tennessee.
In 1959, he left the AEC and went to work for W.R. Grace & Co. in Erwin, Tenn., as director of human resources and as a labor lawyer.
He eventually joined the Grace office in Baltimore. In 1969, he took a job at the Carling National Brewing Co. as director of human resources and labor law. He held a similar position at the Schmidt Baking Co. from 1973 until retiring in 1995.
The longtime Lutherville resident, who was an avid rose and azalea gardener, moved to the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson in 2000.
Mr. Hubbard had an extensive beer can collection, family members said, and was a student of the Civil War and World War II.
He also liked to visit North Carolina and Florida beaches, where he enjoyed collecting seashells.
"Out of all of his accomplishments, my father was proudest of his marriage, four children and grandchildren. He was a real family man," said his daughter, Peggy Hubbard Zink of Pinehurst.
Mr. Hubbard had been an active member, deacon and elder of Valley Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.
In addition to his wife of 63 years and daughter, Mr. Hubbard is survived by three sons, Donald Creel Hubbard Jr. of Annapolis, Robert Knox Hubbard III of Catonsville and Claude Skidmore Hubbard of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; and five grandchildren.
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