Hubbard scholarship endowed for love of education in honor of a cherished husband
Although she and her husband Lloyd had no children of their own, Lucille Hubbard had a soft spot in her heart for children. Lucille also was a great proponent of education. After earning a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, she taught math in Chicago area high schools for more than 30 years.
“She was great with children; very warm and caring toward them,” said Brad Hubbard, who earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from MU in 1980 and his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1984.
Brad’s father was Lloyd’s cousin. The cousins grew up together, raised by their grandparents in Brookfield, Mo., where the close-knit but small family would gather on occasion. Though she is technically his second cousin, Brad grew up calling Lucille Aunt Teet.
“Swimming was one of her passions,” said Brad. “We would always go to the public pool in Brookfield when we visited, and she would teach anyone in her vicinity to swim.”
As the story goes, Lucille’s father taught her to swim before her second birthday. When she was a teenager, she worked as a lifeguard and during an off-duty stroll on Edgewater Beach, she chanced upon and rescued a soldier struggling in the waters of Lake Michigan.
Lucille married Lloyd Hubbard, a World War II Navy pilot, in 1947. Lloyd, who was an engineering student at the University of Missouri in the late 40s, became the manager of Halogen Supply Co., a distributor of swimming pool products that Lucille’s mother launched in 1939.
According to all accounts, the couple “did everything together.”
Lucille earned her pilot’s license before she learned to drive a car, and she and her pilot husband flew often in their own plane. Both enjoyed photography and built a darkroom in the basement of their home.
Lloyd died in 1990, and the following year, Lucille endowed the Lloyd S. Hubbard Memorial Fund in Engineering for scholarships at the University of Missouri College of Engineering and steadily has added to the endowment over the years.
Lucille’s mother died in 1992, and Lucille moved to her family’s eight acres of wooded wetlands in Wood Dale, Ill. At that time, the property was home to many animals and birds, including swans, pheasants and peacocks. Lucille tended them all with great affection.
“There were deer and other animals that had established themselves there,” said Brad. “She took great joy in the animals. I remember she always gave me a peacock feather when I saw her.”
Lucille eventually donated the property to the Bensenville Park District. At the time, she told a reporter that she made the $2 million dollar gift so that the animals would have a place to live. “So many times they get pushed out — they don’t have much room anymore,” she said.
The land was named Hyatt-Hubbard Park, a combination of Lucille’s maiden and married names.
Brad said the city has grown up to meet the park and that it remains a green oasis in the midst of suburban neighborhoods.
Lucille died in July 2012. Recently, the College of Engineering learned that a generous bequest in her will swelled the Lloyd S. Hubbard Memorial Fund to nearly $1 million. It is a gift that truly reflects her lifelong love of education and children and is a legacy that honors her soul mate Lloyd. The fund will benefit many generations of engineering students — seed money for legacies in the making.