Diana Poteat Hobby

April 22, 1931July 4, 2014

Diana Poteat Stallings Hobby, passed away the 4th of July 2014 in Houston, with her family by her side

She was born on the 22nd of April 1931, in New York City to Helen Poteat and Laurence Tucker Stallings. She graduated from Chatham Hall School in 1948 and Radcliffe College in 1952 (Phi Beta Kappa). She was working for Chatham Hall when she married Ensign William P. Hobby, Jr., on the 11th of September, 1954. The wedding took place at Forest Home, the Poteat family home near Yanceyville, N.C.

She and Bill lived in Washington, D.C. where he was stationed until 1957. While in Washington she earned an M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and worked for the Experiment in International Living and the Central Intelligence Agency.

In Houston, she was book editor of the Houston Post in the 1950s and 1960s. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Rice University in 1981. She was a William Butler Yeats scholar and wrote her dissertation on his work. She was associate editor of Studies in English Literature from 1979-1991, and associate editor emerita thereafter.

She had a great love of the English language, a passion for literature, was a supporter of libraries, and a lifelong patron of the humanities in Texas.

Diana served on the boards of St. John’s School, Memorial Park Conservancy, Friends of Hermann Park, Harry Ransom Center, Texas Institute of Letters, Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute in Alpine, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia, among others.

She was a founding board member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and was on the selection committee for the Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Awards that honored people working to restore and preserve Texas’ natural treasures. Diana was committed to the conservation of air, water, and wildlife in addition to natural beauty.

Many of her happiest times were spent at Forest Home in North Carolina. She loved riding horses and walking in the woods with her family, her friends, and her dogs.

Diana is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Hobby, their children and their spouses, Laura and John Beckworth, Paul and Janet Hobby, Andrew and Teresa Hobby, Kate and Steve Gibson, and their grandchildren Will, Carter, and John Beckworth, Grace, Walker and Eric Hobby, Caroline, Carson, and Wheeler Gibson, and Spencer Gourley. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Will Lowe of Alexandria, VA.

The funeral service is to be conducted at half-past ten o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 8th of July, at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street in Houston, where the Rev’d Neil Alan Willard, Rector ,the Rev’d Sam R. Todd, Jr., Assisting Priest, and the Rev’d Kit Wallingford, Assisting Priest, are to officiate. The family will provide valet parking for all guests.

The family will gather for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Dianne Logan

July 26, 2014

I remember the first time I met Diana. We had just moved to Houston where my husband joined the Houston Post. She was gracious and warm and went out of her way to introduce me around. She always made me feel at home in her presence. I suspect she did that for most everyone. My heartfelt condolences go out to Bill and all the family. She was one amazing woman.

July 10, 2014

Dear Hobby family,
I feel very sad that Diana is no longer with us. You all were such an important part of my childhood and we had so much fun together. Laura and Paul, I will never forget our secret way that we climbed over the mulch piles and into each other's backyards and our never ending tadpole pursuit! Our Mom's took turns feeding us and bandaging our wounds! On behalf of the Pranke family, please know that we love you all.
Love, Carolgray

Gib &Sandra Lewis

July 9, 2014

Truly a great Lady of Texas, Who gave to all !

Mike & Sharon Millsap

July 9, 2014

To Bill and the family,
Our profound sympathy to you during this time of loss and remembrance. May your precious memories of life with Diana sustain you in the days and years ahead.

Peggy Means

July 9, 2014

Dear Kate and Laura,
I have such great admiration for your Mom and so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

sandy mckinnon

July 8, 2014

Deepest sympathy on the loss of a lovely lady. She was a great friend to me for so many reasons.

Emaline Clark

July 8, 2014

May God's comfort, peace and love be with all the family at this time and in the days ahead. I remember her thru The Houston Post and know she will truly be missed.

Katherine Staat

July 7, 2014

I have the fondest memories of Diana. Sincerely kind with interest in so many people and causes. Katherine Staat

Jon & Karen Finger

July 7, 2014

Dear Paul and Kate:
We were so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

P. Michael Peck

July 7, 2014

Diana was a sophisticated Lady who left a legacy of a job well done.
With Deepest Sympathy