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Obituary-Charles Cooper Hubbard

On Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, Charles Cooper Hubbard, 91, formerly of Washington, D.C., Potomac, Md., Charlottesville, Va., Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Fair Oaks, Va., passed away peacefully with family by his side.

Beloved husband of 55 years to the late Leewai Chance Hubbard and loving father to Charles Chance Hubbard, Jill H. Barrow and Jane H. Sams, he is survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Hubbard, and sister, Mary H. Weger.

Charlie graduated from the University of Texas in 1946 and served with the Army Corps of Engineers during WWII. He spent 20 years overseeing oil field engineering and production for Humble Oil and Refining in East Texas. As VP, senior partner and regional manager of Bernard Johnson Inc. of Houston, Texas, he grew the firm’s Washington D.C. presence from two to 190 professionals over a 15-year period, into one the most respected architectural/engineering businesses on the East Coast. A registered civil engineer, Charlie was a member of the ASCE, American Society of Military Engineers, American Consulting Engineers Council, Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He served the community in leadership roles in the Smithsonian Association, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., and Masonic Lodge. He was on the board of directors of the Honor America committee and was a deacon, elder and VP of trustees of the National Presbyterian Church.

Charlie was a self-made man and a modern-day pioneer willing to attempt new endeavors for the betterment of his community and family. Although he left Texas, he never lost his Texas roots and loved his boots. He cherished his family, hunting with his bird dogs, tending his prize rose gardens, traveling the world with his beloved wife, Leewai, and helping others. Our amazing Charlie represented integrity and loyalty, and was happiest when he could serve his country, his faith, his family and friends. He knew no stranger and leaves behind a large footprint.

For more about Charles Cooper Hubbard, go to A life celebration reception will be held Nov. 26, 2 p.m., at Sunrise Assisted Living, Fair Oaks, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the American Heart Association.

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