WASHINGTON, March 10, 1975 — The Rev. Dr. Hugh Wells Hubbard, China missionary, ornithologist and stamp authority, died here yesterday at Doctors Hospital. He was 88 years old.
Dr. Hubbard received B.A. and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Amherst College. Upon graduation in 1908, he went to China as a teacher, remaining there for nearly 44 years as a Congregational Christian missionary.
Between the two World Wars, Dr. Hubbard, with a colleague, Dr. George D. Wiler, conducted bird studies and collections, which culminated in the 1938 publication of “Birds of Northeastern China.” In 1969 the China Stamp Society published Dr. Hubbard's monograph, “Handbook of Early Chinese Communist Stamps (1928–1938).”
During World War II, Dr. Hubbard and his wife were placed under house arrest and transferred to an internment camp where they spent two and a half years. After the war, Dr. Hubbard returned to Peking to help organize the reception and evacuation of the internees. He returned permanently to the United States in 1952.
Surviving are his widow, the former Mabel Anna Ellis; 3 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great‐grandchildren.
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--- a photo of Hugh Hubbard, one of the heroes of Weihsien. With his love and knowledge of birds, Hugh Hubbard inspired many of the teenage boys in the camp. He took them on bird watching walks, taught them the songs of the birds , their color, their nests, their flight. He inspired them to write bird watching diaries. My brother Jamie still has his Weihsien bird watching diary. Mary Previte.