In Memory

William C Hubbard - Class Of 1943

William C. Hubbard

Iowa City - William Hubbard was born in Iowa City on June 6, 1925, to Dr. Eugene Hubbard and Myrtle Spatz Hubbard. He is survived by: his sister, Dorothy Housel, of Iowa City; his four children, John Hubbard of Coos Bay, Oregon, Bill Hubbard of San Francisco, Mary Hubbard of South Bend, Indiana, and Jean Randles of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Jean Wheeler Hubbard.

He attended City High School and earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He went into business, initially with his sister and brother-in-law, and later on his own, with Jackson Electric.

Bill was the youngest Mayor in Iowa City's history in the mid-sixties, working successfully with the University to keep the anti-war riots non-violent, and his legacy from that time includes: the city's first Fair Housing ordinance, outlawing racial discrimination in rentals and ownership; the much-disputed one-way streets; the Recreation Center; and the Pedestrian Mall. Later he was appointed Chair of the Merit Employment Commission by Governor Robert Ray. He also served on a number of Boards, especially treasuring the work he was able to do with Goodwill at a critical juncture in their history.

Further, his legacy includes an abiding sense of justice, a wicked sense of humor, and a life-long love of learning. He valued his friends highly, and served honorably in both elected and appointed office.

He retired to Northern California, later relocating to Coos Bay, Oregon.

He passed away peacefully at home on October 12, 2018 with family present.

02/16/2019 JFC