Dr. Guy Hubbard
Albert Guy Hargreaves Hubbard, age 79, died May 21, 2009 in Bloomington, Indiana, due to complications from Multiple Myeloma. He taught art education and computer-based education in the School of Education, Indiana University, for 33 years before retiring in 1994. He was born in Nottingham, England and married Jennifer Mary Amys in 1955 in Leicestershire, England having met her the year before when ballroom dancing. Survivors include his wife Jennifer, their two daughters Sarah Hubbard and Rosemary Hubbard, and two grandsons Nick and Riley Slater.
Guy Hubbard was a pioneer. He was attracted to new technologies, and new ways of viewing the field of art education. He was always a risk-taker. He was educated at Nottingham College of Art and London University. As a member of the Royal Air Force, he spent part of his time training in Alberta Canada, and became enamored of its vistas and pioneer spirit. He and Jennifer left England and he enrolled at the University of British Columbia where he received his second bachelor’s degree.
He taught in British Columbia from 1956-1959 and then, looking for new challenges, he attended Stanford University where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. While a doctoral student at Stanford, he became friends with Mary Rouse who later became his principle co-author and professional colleague at Indiana University. In 1962 he accepted a teaching position at Indiana University in the Art Education Department were he spent his entire career. He was coordinator of art education for 14 years, taught in Art Education and Computer Based Programs, and served for several years as the School of Education’s Associate Dean.
Guy Hubbard and Mary Rouse were the first art educators to write a contemporary series of interrelated, elementary-level art-education textbooks. Their professional partnership flourished as they defended the benefits of sequential instruction in art education. This collaboration ended with Mary’s untimely death. Subsequently, in 1982 Guy created junior-high art textbooks and completely revised the elementary art textbooks series he had co-authored with Mary.
Guy’s interest in innovative curriculum development also resulted in implementation of an individualized art education program for college students. He was one of the first art educators to predict the importance of computers and digital images for the field of art education and other curricula areas as well. He was a Distinguished Fellow of the Art Education Association of Indiana and the National Art Education Association and served on many state and national art education committees. He wrote numerous articles about art appreciation for Arts & Activities magazine, and served on their Editorial Advisory Board for 28 years.
After his retirement in 1994, he traveled extensively visiting colleagues in Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and the Far East and conducting workshops and teaching courses in these internationalsettings. Guy enjoyed racing his Thistle sailboat on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, and when retired he cruised in Florida, the Great Lakes, Long Island Sound, and the Chesapeake, in his Seaward 25, with his many friends. He donated his body to science and no memorial is planned; however, donations may be made to the Indiana University Foundation.
REFLECTIONS FROM COLLEAGUES, COMPILED BY ENID ZIMMERMAN
“It is not an easy task in a three-person program when two of the three are husband and wife. We three were colleagues who collaborated on projects and came to consensus on most issues facing our art education program. When challenged by a colleague about how he felt about a married couple taking sides against him, Guy replied, ‘Enid votes with me more often than with Gil.’ The three of us remained friends over the years and his passing leaves a large absence in our lives.”
“The field of art education has lost an extraordinary figure with the passing of Guy Hubbard. His research, teaching, and service was exemplary of a level of professionalism everyone in the field can admire and emulate. As a former undergraduate and graduate student of his, I continued to appreciate his mentoring and friendship long after I left his classroom. His record of innovations and vision for the field contributed to providing quality art education in our public schools and universities in meaningful and significant ways throughout his distinguished career in higher education.”
“I considered Guy to be a wonderful friend and colleague. My wife and I advised him about the series that he did with Mary Rouse, back in the 1970s. Also, at my invitation, Guy served as an early adviser to the Pennsylvania Arts in Education Plan back in 1965. At that time he worked with Buckminster Fuller, Max Kaplan, Gertrude Lippencott, Arthur Lithgow and others to help craft our early position on The Arts in Education.”
Department of Education, Member the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts) “I think of him often with his cadres of computer people in Indiana, every time I meet with teachers or talk with students. I can’t forget the first time I turned a computer on; he said, ‘Don’t be afraid—you can’t break it!’ Since then, I of course have broken three or four (lost count).”
“Dr. Hubbard was one of my first professors when I arrived at Indiana University in the early 90s. He was a visionary, with an eye in the future and an interest in the world. I worked as his graduate assistant and treasured his stories, that came intermittently, of sailing and travel and technology. As a teacher, he made room for us to explore and discover. An explorer himself, I remember a conversation in which he mentioned his interest in visiting post-Apartheid South Africa. Last year, when I was in South Africa for the first time, I remembered Dr. Hubbard's comments about the need to see a place in the world that was undergoing change. Like many influential people, I suspect that he was not aware of the breath of his impact. He had an indelible influence on me, helping open my horizons about art education and the world.”
“In the summer of 1984, I documented and later published two articles about Guy Hubbard's teaching in three of his computer graphics classes at Indiana University. As a participant observer, I also learned to teach low and high-resolution graphics. Guy received an outstanding teacher awards for his amazing teaching at all levels. His coaching and inspiration enabled me to return to Cleveland State University and teach computer graphics classes myself. To this day, I am not afraid of technology because he gave me the basic tools and belief in myself. His good humor, kindness, and intellect marked him as a true gentleman in every sense.”
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