Redefining the Classroom

Great Lake State Weekend 2013

Donald & Catherine Finlayson Award

David R. & Patricia L. Hubbard

David and Patricia Hubbard of Cheboygan have always recognized the importance of education and community. When they lived in Sault Ste. Marie, they supported a variety of community endeavors, including many projects at LSSU.

The Alumni Association is recognizing the couple for their LSSU support with the Donald and Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award. The award, named after a former campus physician and his wife, recognizes friends, advocates and benefactors of the university who are not alumni of the institution.

The Hubbards moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1971 when David joined Edison Sault Electric Co. to take the position of controller. He enjoyed a long career with Edison – now Cloverland Electrical Cooperative – retiring in 1998 as vice president of finance.

Both David and Patricia are graduates of Alma College, but enjoyed and actively participated in the cultural and athletic activities at LSSU, and believe strongly in the important role the university played in their lives and that of the community. They supported numerous university initiatives over the years, including Laker Club, the Cooper Scholarship, and fund drive for a new gym floor.

In 2005, they created an endowed scholarship to assist a full-time student majoring in any course of study at LSSU. They also contributed to the Arts Center, the Aquatic Research Lab, and the South Hall Renovation Project.

David formerly served on the LSSU Foundation’s board of directors and was recently named to the Alma College board of trustees.

“We were fortunate to have LSSU in our community,” the Hubbards said, “and we appreciated the opportunities that it offered to our family.”

While raising a family in Sault Ste. Marie, the couple spread their belief in volunteerism and support of local youth activities. Patricia taught Sunday school and volunteered with her church, the Bayliss Library, and local Girl Scouts groups. They were always ready with a helping hand or donation, often giving anonymously.

Friends who have known the Hubbards for many years agree that they are very deserving of this award for their support of the community.

One noted, "You couldn't have chosen a more perfect couple...What I respect about both Pat and Dave is that they quietly supported so many things without any expectation of celebrity."

When David retired, the couple moved to Cheboygan, where they spend time boating and continuing their volunteerism. Patricia serves on the Cheboygan Area Public Library board as its publicity chair. They return to Sault Ste. Marie every summer to visit friends.

The couple has two grown sons, Todd and Jeff.