Saddened by the Passing of Retired Professor Raymond Hoobler

The Graduate Center community is deeply saddened by the passing of retired professor Raymond Hoobler (Mathematics), who died on April 29 at age 78. The cause was complications of COVID-19.

Hoobler was a longtime professor of mathematics at The Graduate Center and The City College of New York. He was remembered in this obituary for his wildlife preservation efforts and his commitment to math education.

His research interests spanned algebraic geometry and the study of sets of zeros of polynomial equations.

Hoobler spent his summers in Ostego County, Michigan, at a home on the Pigeon River. A “third-generation advocate for the wild character of the nearby Pigeon River State Forest,” he became a board member of the Pigeon River Country Association in 1995 and served as its president from 1998 to 2015. He was the association’s secretary at the time of his death.

After his retirement from CUNY, he continued counseling math students. He also established funding through the Ostego Community Foundation for students from Vanderbilt, Michigan, to continue their education beyond high school.

He had a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. He pursued additional work at Columbia University.

He was born on August 14, 1941, in Boston, Massachusetts. He became symptomatic with COVID-19 on April 6, 2020, entered Mount Sinai hospital on April 16, and died on April 29.

Hoobler is survived by his wife, Frances Kuehn, who is an artist, two children, and one grandchild.

As of May 6, plans were being made for a memorial service in Michigan. Contributions in Hoobler’s memory can be made to Doctors Without Borders, the Nature Conservancy, the Pigeon River Country Association, or the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center.

Submitted on: MAY 12, 2020

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