OBITUARY

Dr. George Hubert

July 2, 1933June 3, 2016
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The family of Dr. George Henry Hubert sadly announces the death of their beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Born July 2, 1933, he peacefully passed away in his sleep on June 3, 2016 he was 82 years of age. Treasured son of Caroline Rita Springer and Henry George Hubert, both deceased, Dr. Hubert leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Kelly Ann. They had four children, Babette Ann Hubert, Todd George Hubert, married to Cheryl Joanne Hubert, and Kelly D’Ann Zamora. His youngest son, Kimm William, tragically died in a motorcycle accident while attending Pepperdine University in Malibu in 1986 when he was just 20 years old. Dr. Hubert and his wife set up a scholarship in remembrance of Kimm. Every year they would receive touching letters of gratitude for the financial help received from the scholarship.

“Pappy” had 5 grandchildren, Brielle Kimmberly, Brayden Todd, Dominic Kimm, Baylee Marie, Cameron Jose’ and one great-grandson, Liam Jack. His only sibling, Joan Dunn, also survives him.

As a young-man, originally from Queens, New York, he earned the highly esteemed and elite honor of Eagle Scout. He attended Hofstra College and went on to graduate from Kansas University Medical School in 1960. Dr. Hubert briefly took his wife and children to fulfill his Public Health Service in Alaska after concluding his Internship in Southern California at Loma Linda University in 1964. In 1966, he began his Cardiology Fellowship at White Memorial Hospital, bringing to light his incredible gift for heart care. The majority of his medical career was spent in Ventura County, California with a long history of pioneering work in Cardiology. Performing thousands of cardiac interventions, interpreting half-a-million EKGs as well as making historical advances in surgical and non-surgical treatments led to a tribute in 2012 when Los Robles Hospital named the Cardiac Catheterization Labs in his honor. As a physician, he was known for his high level of expertise and his deep care and concern for his patients and staff.

As the patriarch of his family, “Dad”, was known for his incredible love and dedication to his family. He was a hands-on father who loved to play with his kids and be involved in their activities, education and careers. Whether it was motorcycle racing, horseback riding, camping, boating, water and snow skiing, he loved to spend time with his family. He and Kelly Ann purchased a home in Lake Arrowhead where family and friends regularly spent happy times together celebrating family gatherings and holidays, especially the 4th of July while watching fireworks from their boat. Later, he and Kelly Ann took up golfing in Palm Desert, sharing memorable golf games with family and friends.

He was also connected with his children emotionally. They knew they were deeply loved and he was available to them even “in the middle of a procedure”. He was known for being an excellent listener. He instilled confidence in them, teaching them they were fully capable of achieving their goals if they worked hard and persevered. He taught them to learn from their mistakes, be compassionate and refrain from complaining.

In his career and his family, he was known for his ingenuity, intuition, perseverance and an incredible vision. He had a rare ability to remain calm under pressure (except when he couldn’t find his peanut butter) while possessing the great ability to teach, support, listen and encourage even in crisis.

Dr. Hubert was a member of Calvary Community Church for over 15 years. A Viewing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on June 16, 2016 at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village, California. A Celebration of Life will occur at 2:00 p.m. and interment will follow at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park and Mortuary at 5600 Lindero Canyon Rd, Westlake Village, California.

Dr. Hubert was philanthropic and caring towards his community and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Please consider making a donation to the scholarship that bears his and his son's name at Pepperdine University in memory of him.

Donations in lieu of flowers: George H. Hubert, MD Kimm William Hubert Scholarship

https://impact.pepperdine.edu/hubert

Services

  • Viewing Thursday, June 16, 2016
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, June 16, 2016
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 16, 2016
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Eric Christensen

October 13, 2016

Dr. Hubert had a wonderful way of always putting me at ease about my heart health. A really good man and I'll miss him. Our family's prayers go out to his.

Julie Tarantino

June 21, 2016

I am honored to have worked with him. He is loved by all and people had nothing but good things to say about him. Much love and support to the family during this difficult time.

John Ellis

June 17, 2016

Celebration of Life Transcript service from John Ellis

I first met George in the month of June, 45 years ago. Over these years he was a combination of colleague, wonderful friend, brother, father-figure, personal physician and psychiatrist all rolled up in one.

I won't reiterate his many accomplishments, some of which were already highlighted. However I would like to give a couple of what you might call "fly on the wall" insights into how a few of these came to pass.

He couldn't have done what he did without possessing a combination of several different abilities. First and foremost of these was integrity. The holy grail for George was very simple: to do the right thing and do it as good as he possibly could. Especially in regard to patient care that was the yardstick he invariably applied. It didn't matter a bit if he was tired, if it was the middle of the night, or anything else. George wasn't at all into fame or fortune; for example I actually think he was embarrassed to have Los Robles dedicate the cath lab in his name even though it was unquestionably deserved. The only thing that really mattered to him was simply that he did it and did it right.

Another trait was determination. As a young man he decided on a career in medicine. However, as commonly happens, after completing his college pre-med education he was not accepted into medical school. Instead of just moving forward with his life in some other direction he decided to temporarily pursue post-graduate education --- in mathematics of all things--- then to reapply and this time to be successfully accepted into medical school.

George was quite pragmatic. At one point of time the hospital had an administrator with a British background. I forget exactly what it was George was trying to convince the hospital to do, but wasn't a slam dunk. Finally word came back that the administrator wanted to discuss the matter further.... over tea. I knew for a fact that having tea was not high on his list of fun things however in this case he felt the end justified the means. So we went, were served proper tea in the board room, tried to murmur appropriately without laughing about how nice afternoon tea was, and left with the proposal approved.

Over the years I became more and more amazed by an ability he frequently displayed which was an uncanny apparent vision into the future. Mind you, such visions were frequently greatly at odds with the prevailing common opinion at the time but that never seemed to bother George too much. And after time would prove him right I frequently said "well, he clearly made the right decision again, even if it apparently was for the wrong reasons".

One example of this is the case of the mobile unknowns. Coronary angiography was still in its infancy in the early 1970's and Los Robles was blessed with the latest and greatest technology which provided the highest resolution pictures possible. One day George did a study that showed something nobody here had ever seen: multiple tiny densities jumping around inside a coronary artery. He proclaimed that they had to be tiny clots, despite the fact that nobody had ever seen them before. It so happened that all the big-name cardiologists in Los Angeles had monthly meetings to discuss interesting cases. George arranged to present his case and the following day I asked him how it went; he said not particularly well. They gave him multiple reasons why those things couldn't possibly be clots and even went so far as to suggest they were somehow due to faulty technique on his part. He seemed perplexed that they couldn't see what was so obvious to him. A few years later when everybody all over the country starting seeing these things and it was conclusively proven that they were indeed clots George just shook his head---he knew it all the time.

A few more examples of his vision have to do with angioplasty. As we all know we are almost daily bombarded with news of wonderful new promising technologic advances that will revolutionize the future. This is especially true in the field of medicine where it is almost universally met by medical personnel with an appropriately great degree of initial skepticism. One day word reached us that a German physician -- working on the kitchen table of his home no less -- had attached a balloon to a cardiac catheter and then subsequently managed to inflate the contraption within a coronary artery without causing a fatality. Almost everybody thought as I did "Gee that's really interesting, but doesn't it sound kind of crazy? Maybe it could possibly have some long range value, so let it get scientifically tested for several years and then we'll see" But as I said almost everybody-- actually, everybody I knew except for George. He was attracted to the idea like iron to a magnet. A short time later a few US physicians went to Germany to observe the procedure and started doing a few cases at their home hospitals. In retrospect I'm kind of surprised George wasn't one of them (he probably would have been except he hated to be away from his program for very long). Anyway, next thing I knew, George and I were on a plane heading for San Francisco to see how this was done. There was no training program--we watched all of two cases over the course of one afternoon and were "trained". And the next thing I knew we were doing this ourselves in a community hospital in Thousand Oaks.

Some time later there was great debate in the cardiology world about the relative merits of angioplasty vs clot-buster therapy for acute myocardial infarction. This issue has long since been definitively decided in favor of catheter intervention as the treatment of choice but back then there was great uncertainty. Not for George, he instead arranged for heart attack victims from all over the county to be helicoptered to Los Robles for emergency angioplasty. There was a brief window of time when he had as much data about emergency angioplasty as any of the major centers; I questioned whether maybe he'd want to publish the experience but he said "no, takes too much time, I'd rather keep doing more cases"

He could also be very persuasive. George and family were in Alaska for two years prior to moving here and over the years I was frequently reminded about the stories of selling iceboxes to Eskimos and wondered if that was where he learned it. It so happened that Los Robles hospital was being built at a time when George and family stopped temporarily in Thousand Oaks on their way elsewhere and George had a vision that this would be an excellent place to settle down. There were at the time zero cardiologists in Ventura County. He convinced the owners of the hospital that it might be good have a cardiologist nearby and in addition to just reading EKGs to devote a little space to one of those new-fangled CCUs. He got the job but with minimal or no financial compensation, just the opportunity to build his own practice. Think about that, he had a wife and four children to support and not a lot of money and he declined an already arranged salaried position elsewhere to pursue this vision in the boondocks. He went on to train the nursing staff (several of whom are present today) and the CCU was an immediate success.

George liked to not just build things but to build things so well that they perpetuated themselves and ran on autopilot with minimal supervision by him.

Some time later he was talking with the owners and said "you know, cardiac cath labs are becoming more common, they don't take up much space, so why don't you consider one here?" And later when the cath lab was up and running he chatted with them again and said "you know, we already have a CCU and a cath lab; we could get an open heart surgery program right here. This wouldn't take up any extra space and I know of this guy Dr Tsuji in Los Angeles who might be interested in coming here. By the way don't pay any attention to the fact I don't know of community hospitals anywhere with open heart programs" And the rest is history.

Another example of persuasiveness: One day he admitted a lady for open heart surgery and that evening when it came time to sign the consent for surgery she instead signed herself out of the hospital saying she just couldn't go through with it. Then she added "and, by the way don't allow Dr Hubert up here, I don't want to see him". But, hospital policy dictated that he had to be notified of her leaving; he was up there in a flash and not much later she signed the consent, subsequently had the surgery and was uneventfully discharged.

In closing, I know from many conversations with him that of his many accomplishments he was by far and away most proud of two: one being his family and the other cardiac care in the Conejo Valley. As sad as we all are today, I challenge anybody to look at either of these and not see George doing what he did best: building lasting things that continued to flourish on their own without his direct supervision. In a way he continues to live on through them.

Michael Papanicolaou

June 16, 2016

George Hubert Celebration of Life Transcript from Michael N. Papanicolaou at Service 6/16/16:

Good afternoon. I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful gathering---and that you are enjoying what you are doing every day. Today, we are here to remember a Man who certainly did just thathe enjoyed what he did each and every day.

A few years ago many of us gathered outside of our hospital to honor George H. Hubert, --- IN LIFE. He was There With Us and he was able to receive our praise and our thanks for his life as a medical doctor.

Pioneer, uncompromising values, Mentor to his patients and a Mentor to his colleagues, ------ A Friend to patients and a Friend to fellow physicians. A teller of stories, and jokes. A fixer. A Father figure. He was Dedicated to a level that we may not experience again. I said then, and I repeat now, that after the passing of my own father in 1995, George was my Second Father. We should be very happy, and we should All be so proud that we were able to honor George that day when we dedicated the cardiac cath lab in his name --- while he was still with us! He felt our praise --and he felt our love for him.

So, what can we do now? What can we say now? When my own mother passed away 4 weeks ago, I had to have that first conversation with my 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter about the passing of their grandmother, that could have been so sorrowful. After my careful and deliberate speech, my son replied with one sentence, Dad, we learned in music class ---Don't be sad when it is over, be happy that it happened.

I am so happy for the experience of knowing and working with George Hubert.

So, as my mother just passed and now George has passed, I have found myself------ Happy for them.

In their final time here, there was The Great Difficulty that AGE may bring-- and now I feel so happy that they are FREE. I see and Feel their spirits as the original younger version of themselves--without physical or mental impairment. Youthful and smiling.

I see George, with all of his bounding exuberance. Somewhere in the beyond, he is probably up there trying to help the other Spirits in some way, or he probably trying to fix something that needs to be fixed. (("George-at his-post" telephone story))

----- And, in doing that, he is happy.

He CARES. We all felt that he cared and he Knows that we Cared for him. He Feels our love for him and we can still Feel his Love for us.

And now, we are Not to Sorrow for what has been lost, we can be Happy for what has happened.

We love you George...........

Sandi Patterson

June 16, 2016

I remember when I was hired by Joanne Askew, Nursing Director, in 1972. I was assigned to CCU nights, with Nona Meyer as my mentor & Dr. Hubert Medical Director of CCU. I had no idea what an amazing experience I would have every day, until I retired 38years later in 2010.
A special quality I would like to add to all that has been shared, in his humility I saw the great RESPECT he showed for everyone. He worked closely with so many to make our differences come together for the 'best possible outcomes' for our patients. We all have been blessed, knowing him!

Joanne Moran

June 16, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dr. Hubert took care of my husband Jim for over 20 years and I credit him for giving us more time together than we would have had without Dr. Hubert's care, concern, friendship and great sense of humor. One of the most caring and wonderful men I have ever met. He will be missed by so many people he has helped.

Kay Mcclain

June 16, 2016

Mrs Hubert and Family ,
I'm so very sorry for your loss of a an incredible husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, My father Jerry McClain worked with Dr Hubert for many years and he had such admiration and respect for him. He was such a wonderful giving man. My father, Rick and Dr Hubert gave me the start up money for my business and with out their love and support I would not have been so successful. I've been able to provide a wonderful life for my children because of them.There hasn't been a day were I haven't been thankful to Dr Hubert for his support and belief in me that I could succeed. He was a brilliant man who helped many people including my father. Thank you so much for sharing him with all of us who he inspired and was always there to help in any way he could. God Bless You and may his memory always bring a proud smile to you

Lisa and Darren Friedman

June 15, 2016

Prayers of peace and blessings as family and friends move forward keeping with them the joyful memories of this wonderful man who brought so much light into the world!

Tomas Reyes

June 14, 2016

We accompany the family Hubert in their pain. We are sorry for your lost. It is devastating that Mr. Hubert is not here with us anymore. He was such a great person. My family and I will always be thankful to him and his family. We will always treasure his memory. He was like a father to me. I admire him for being so humble and noble. We will miss him alot. Their is no doubt that Mr.Hubert will always remain a special place in our heart. May he rest in paradise.
-Reyes Family

Mike and Maureen Thomas

June 14, 2016

To the whole Hubert family, we share in your sorrow, and pray that your memories of this wonderful man will give you comfort during this difficult time.