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Robert Wesley “Bob” Hobbs, 74, of North Beach died Jan. 11, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 28, 1938, in Chester, W.Va., to Sara (Caughey) and Harry Spivey Hobbs.
He was raised in Chester and graduated from Chester High School. He received a bachelor’s in physics at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland in 1960, and then received his Ph.D in Astronomy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. He and his first wife, Mary Ann McLaughlin, came to the Washington, D.C., area in 1964 in order to work at Naval Research Laboratory. He went on to work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he met Bee DeLung, whom he married at Friendship United Methodist Church on June 7, 1980. He then went on to the aerospace company CTA, where he worked on many projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He retired at age 55 in 1992. He had a rich set of hobbies and interests. He was president of the Azalea Society of America from 1988 to 1990 and editor of The Azalean from 1988 to 1998. He loved keyboard instruments, including building a harpsichord in 1964 and reviving a wide range of other instruments from player pianos, a theater organ, several pianos, a clavichord and a large church organ. He was a life member of the Organ Historical Society (since 1964) and a member of the Theater Organ Society, Musical Box Society and Carousel Society. He was also deeply involved in his church and community. He was the organist at Friendship United Methodist Church from 1982 to 2009. He and his wife also volunteered at SCAN food bank and continued to support local senior citizens after Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers dissolved.
He is survived by his wife, Belinda L. “Bee” Hobbs of North Beach; son, James David Hobbs and his wife, Lisa, of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Anne Marie Stallings and her husband, Joshua, of Cheverly; grandchildren, Chloe Magnolia and Astrid Lilac Hobbs and Violet Sophia and Evan B. Stallings; brother, David Hobbs and his wife, Rose Marie, of Belmont, Mass.; niece, Nedda Hobbs of Belmont, Mass.; and sisters-in-law, Laura DeLung of San Francisco, Eva Kenner of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Sandra Kiernan of College Park.
Family received friends Jan. 15 at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings.
Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 16, at Friendship United Methodist Church in Friendship.
Interment will be in the church cemetery. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship United Methodist Church Building Fund.