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Vanderbilt Collection - Peabody Campus - Nicholas Hobbs Laboratory of Human Development

Subject/Title:
Nicholas Hobbs
1915 - 1983
Artist:Louise LeQuire
Date Created:1968
Owner/Location:Vanderbilt University
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions:34" x 38 !/2"
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Condition:Excellent

Description:Mr. Hobbs is standing outside in a lush green lawn setting with a forest in the backgound. Also in the background is a group of children sitting on a circle of boulders listening to an unidentified man. Mr. Hobbs is wearing a light blue suit, white shirt with a black and gold bow-tie. His right hand is holding a duck-head cane with his right arm resting on a stone fence. In his left hand he is holding his glasses.
History of Work:This portrait of Nicholas Hobbs, given in 1968 by the American Re-Education Association, hangs in the Nicholas Hobbs Laboratory of Human Development on the Peabody campus of Vanderbilt University.
Notes:A graduate of the Citadel, Nicholas Hobbs, earned the Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University and served as an Army Air Force psychologist during World War II. In 1951 he moved from Louisiana State University to George Peabody College where he headed the division of Guidance and Human Development. Mr. Hobbs was most successful at winning grants for the college and for strengthening the psychology department. He helped create a Department of Special Education and procured grants which led to the founding of the Kennedy Center, which he served as the first director from 1965 to 1970. He served as the provost of Vanderbilt University from 1967 to 1975. He retired as Professor of Psychology, Emeritus from Vanderbilt University in 1980.

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