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Obituary: Professor Emeritus Donald Dobbs

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2010-01-08

Memorial service scheduled at Sunday in Leonard Auditorium at Wofford

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Dr. H. Donald Dobbs, professor emeritus at Wofford College, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Eastman, Ga., after a serious fall on Dec. 15 and an extended period of hospitalization. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building on Wofford’s campus.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at First Presbyterian Church in Eastman, followed by services at noon. Interment will follow in Orphan Cemetery in Eastman.

Dr. Dobbs, who was born Nov. 23, 1932, joined the Wofford faculty at the age of 22 in the fall of 1955, beginning a 40-year career that ended with his retirement in 1995. Over the decades, he taught basic anatomy as well as more specialized courses in subject areas such as animal parasitology, vertebrate embryology and anatomy, the life histories of arthropods, and the history of biology and medicine.

He earned the respect of medical school admission directors as well as the admiration of several generations of Wofford pre-med students. He was known as a tough but fair perfectionist in the classroom, and as a man of integrity with good judgment and mentoring skills. After his retirement, he partnered with his wife, Ann, in operating a popular bed and breakfast inn in Eastman.

Dr. Dobbs received many honors at Wofford. In 1990, former students established the H. Donald Dobbs Endowed Scholarship Fund. He received the Distinguished Citizen Award of the Wofford National Alumni Association in 1999.

The family requests that memorials be made to the H. Donald Dobbs Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.