OBITUARY

Dr. H. Phil Hobson, DVM

July 20, 1932February 11, 2019
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Dr. H. Phil Hobson, BS, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, was born on July 20, 1932 in Walkerville, IL. He was raised in a log cabin along with his two brothers in the countryside near Carrollton, IL. He received by examination, a full university scholarship to study veterinary medicine. He attended two years of pre-veterinary school and four years of veterinary college at the University of Illinois, and graduated in 1956. Upon graduation, Dr. Hobson moved to Auburn and began work on his graduate thesis. While at Auburn, he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Zeta, and the Society of Sigma Xi. In December 1958, Dr. Hobson graduated with his master’s degree with a major in veterinary medicine and surgery and a minor in veterinary physiology.

After seven years of private practice in Illinois, in 1965, Dr. Hobson accepted an offer with the clinical faculty at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in College Station. From 1965 to 2010, he ascended the academic ranks to full professor, serving as Chief of Small Animal Surgery, from 1966 until 1985. He was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1971, and later received their prestigious ACVS Foundation Legends Award in 2012. Only seven other veterinarians in the nation have been awarded this honor.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the ACVS, the Texas Veterinarian Medical Association (TVMA), the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), the Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association (VMA), the International Veterinary Ear Nose and Throat Association (INVENTA), and the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery. Dr. Hobson has held numerous officer positions in these organizations including vice president and president of INVENTA, pro-tem section chief in 1999 and 2000; and chairman of the TVMA Historical Committee. He served as a member of the nominating committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; was chairman of the TVMA Education Committee; and held offices with eight soft-tissue surgery committees nationwide.

Phil was extremely active in the community and felt participation in community service was a duty. In 1968, he joined the College Station Noon Lions Club, became an active member, and ultimately served as President. He was an inaugural member of its Hall of Fame. He was also active in Scouting, coached Little League baseball and football, and assisted as a volunteer in local rabies vaccination clinics for low-income families.

Everyone that knew him was acutely aware of his love and fascination with gems, minerals, and Indian artifacts. A former President of the Brazos Valley Gem and Mineral Society, it was a life passion which he loved to share, often giving talks to school-age children and his enthusiasm and knowledge fascinated his listeners.

But overriding his life’s work as a professor of Veterinary Medicine, was his absolute and unwavering love of his family. Nothing was as important to him, and it was evidenced in his kindness, his wisdom and counsel, and his selfless generosity.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Ledlow Hobson; children, Jeanne Hobson Kubacak & her husband Lawrence, Vicki Hobson Powers & her husband Billy, Joe Hobson, Jeff Hobson & his wife Shana, Jim Ledlow & his wife Melissa, Jeff Ledlow & his wife Janice, Joe Ledlow & his wife Suzanne, Jeannine Rayfield & her husband Mark, John Ledlow, Jennifer Holstead & her husband Johnny; two brothers, Bill Hobson and wife Lindy, and Gene Hobson; 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his sister-in-law Wanda Hobson and grandson Mark Rayfield.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Friday, February 15th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A celebration of Dr. Hobson’s life will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 16th at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. Interment will follow in the Memorial Cemetery of College Station.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life & Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Dr. H. Phil Hobson, DVM

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Donna Rosenberg

March 9, 2019

I had the pleasure of being acquainted with Dr Hobson. He always went out of his way to help me & his little patients. He was a fantastic & inspirational person, & the world is a better place for his being in it. Blessings to his family & Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures.

Donna Rosenberg
Amarillo, Texas

Michelle Falcon

February 16, 2019

I am so grateful to have known and been taught by Dr. Hobson. He was instrumental in my admission to veterinary school in 1997. I was lucky enough to have met him when I was an assistant in the anesthesia department. Luckily Dr. Hobson did not care that I wasn't a student and was always kind and willing to answer my questions. I was incredibly relieved when I opened the door for my vet school interview and there was Dr. Hobson offering his talented hand and crinkly-eyed smile to me. He instantly put me at ease and made a very stressful task enjoyable. Thank you, Dr. Hobson for your kindness and expertise. I wish your family peace during this time of grief and transition.

Sarah Slack

February 15, 2019

Phil Hobson, or Uncle Phil as I called him, was truly an inspiration to me. Even though we were only related through marriage (he was the husband of my mom's Aunt), I grew up hanging out at him and Aunt Joann's home in College Station on Aggie game day weekends. When I decided I wanted to pursue veterinary medicine, Uncle Phil was above and beyond supportive. He would tell me stories of his favorite vet school and career memories, and he constantly reminded me that I could do anything I set my mind to. When the time came to ask for letters of recommendation for my vet school applications, Uncle Phil was top of my list. And once I got in, he was one of the first I called. Now, a third year in school at the fightin' Texas A&M vet school, I feel so grateful to have had a mentor like Uncle Phil. He was not only an amazing veterinarian, he was an amazing man. His showed Christ's love through his career in veterinary medicine, and will continue to inspire me as I begin my veterinary career. Thanks Uncle Phil.

Stephanie Ledlow-Arndt

February 15, 2019

Dana Whitaker

February 15, 2019

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr Hobson as a Soft Tissue surgery technician. He taught me so much! He loved teaching anyone who wanted to learn. I still smile when I tell the story of how Dr Hobson would use a brown paper towel or his lunch sack to draw on to help explain anatomy and procedures.
Dr Hobson was a kind, generous and gentle soul who truly cared about the people he worked with. He helped so many of us through difficult times when our own beloved pets were ill.
We are all better humans, techs, and doctors because of Dr Hobson.
He will never be forgotten.

Stacie Fowler

February 14, 2019

Dr. Hobson was one of my professors (CVM 1995). He was a wonderful, patient and talented teacher and mentor.
I feel very blessed to have had him for some of my veterinary training. He passed on his gifts and passions to so many over the years. My heartfelt condolences go out to his friends and family.
Much Love,
Stacie Fowler, DVM

Tige Witsberger

February 14, 2019

I am fortunate to call Dr. Hobson one of my greatest mentors. I am proud to have known him and worked with him. I still remember my very first surgery with him - I was a brand new resident and he let me do a thoracotomy and pericardial window... without even scrubbing in. Having him in the room just made you feel confident and safe because you knew he would be there to save you. I remember a case years later when the dog started to bleed after removing a lung mass and no one knew what to do so we called Dr. Hobson down from his office and without hesitating, he put on a pair of surgical gloves and found and clamped the offending artery... and saved the dogs life. And saved me from the guilt of losing a patient. I could tell dozens more stories. I still look at notes I took when training under him before doing surgery. I am fortunate enough to continue teaching interns in my current position and there is literally not a day that goes by that I don't think about something I learned from him. He was a kind man and a happy man and he will live on. We will all make sure of that.

I will miss you Dr. Hobson but I won't forget you.

Tige

Carin Ponder, LVT

February 14, 2019

The world would be a better place if more people were like Dr. Hobson. He is a legend not only as a veterinarian but as a human being as well. Prayers for peace and comfort to his loved ones.

Doug Posey

February 13, 2019

I've never met a human being more at peace with his life, no doubt the residue of a life well lived.
Thank you for being the mentor and role model that all of us aspiring future veterinarians endeavored to become.

Respectfully,

Doug Posey, DVM
ATM CVM Class of 1995

Kay Duncan

February 13, 2019

Oh Dr. Hobson, you will be missed. I always loved listening to your stories of how you braved the elements while practicing Veterinary medicine. We had quite a few laughs together. You always brought a smile to my face just by seeing you. My prayers are with your family.
I’m very glad I got to know you.
Rest In Peace Dr. Hobson.
I will miss you,
Kay Duncan

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Biography

Dr. H. Phil Hobson, BS, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, was born on July 20, 1932 in Walkerville, IL. He was raised in a log cabin along with his two brothers in the countryside near Carrollton, IL. He received by examination, a full university scholarship to study veterinary medicine. He attended two years of pre-veterinary school and four years of veterinary college at the University of Illinois, and graduated in 1956. Upon graduation, Dr. Hobson moved to Auburn and began work on his graduate thesis. While at Auburn, he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Zeta, and the Society of Sigma Xi. In December 1958, Dr. Hobson graduated with his master’s degree with a major in veterinary medicine and surgery and a minor in veterinary physiology.

After seven years of private practice in Illinois, in 1965, Dr. Hobson accepted an offer with the clinical faculty at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in College Station. From 1965 to 2010, he ascended the academic ranks to full professor, serving as Chief of Small Animal Surgery, from 1966 until 1985. He was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1971, and later received their prestigious ACVS Foundation Legends Award in 2012. Only seven other veterinarians in the nation have been awarded this honor.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the ACVS, the Texas Veterinarian Medical Association (TVMA), the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), the Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association (VMA), the International Veterinary Ear Nose and Throat Association (INVENTA), and the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery. Dr. Hobson has held numerous officer positions in these organizations including vice president and president of INVENTA, pro-tem section chief in 1999 and 2000; and chairman of the TVMA Historical Committee. He served as a member of the nominating committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; was chairman of the TVMA Education Committee; and held offices with eight soft-tissue surgery committees nationwide.

Phil was extremely active in the community and felt participation in community service was a duty.
In 1968, he joined the College Station Noon Lions Club, became an active member, and ultimately served as President. He was an inaugural member of its Hall of Fame. He was also active in Scouting, coached Little League baseball and football, and assisted as a volunteer in local rabies vaccination clinics for low-income families.

Everyone that knew him was acutely aware of his love and fascination with gems, minerals, and Indian artifacts. A former President of the Brazos Valley Gem and Mineral Society, it was a life passion which he loved to share, often giving talks to school-age children and his enthusiasm and knowledge fascinated his listeners.

But overriding his life’s work as a professor of Veterinary Medicine, was his absolute and unwavering love of his family. Nothing was as important to him, and it was evidenced in his kindness, his wisdom and counsel, and his selfless generosity.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Ledlow Hobson; children, Jeanne Hobson Kubacak & her husband Lawrence, Vicki Hobson Powers & her husband Billy, Joe Hobson, Jeff Hobson & his wife Shana, Jim Ledlow & his wife Melissa, Jeff Ledlow & his wife Janice, Joe Ledlow & his wife Suzanne, Jeannine Rayfield & her husband Mark, John Ledlow, Jennifer Holstead & her husband Johnny; two brothers, Bill Hobson and wife Lindy, and Gene Hobson; 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his sister-in-law Wanda Hobson and grandson Mark Rayfield.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Friday, February 15th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A celebration of Dr. Hobson’s life will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 16th at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. Interment will follow in the Memorial Cemetery of College Station.