Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Tom Hobbs, USC at Aiken librarian and founder of Obituaries in Education Group, gone at age 61

We are terribly sorry to report that Tom Hobbs, reference librarian and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina at Aiken and founder of Obituaries in Education Group on Facebook, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at his home in North Augusta, S.C.

Above is the photo Tom chose for his Facebook profile. We suggest that his FB friends post condolences on his FB wall, which will likely remain online for long time.

Below, Tom is pictured with Cailin Brown, SPOW contest coordinator, during a Great Obituary Conference in Alfred, N.Y., in 2007.

Tom endeared himself to obituary writers, educators, researchers and aficionados who attended the Society of Professional Obituary Writers (SPOW) Convention in 2009 and many Great Obituary Writers Conferences before that.

Tom had been planning to attend the SPOW Convention in Philadelphia at the end of April 2010. We will miss seeing him again, listening to his views on obits and enjoying the pleasure of his company.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lane Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Tenn., and should be posted on Lane's website at

An obituary will be posted on Obituary Forum in the next few days. We welcome comments and anecdotes.


Kaetrena said...

Hello, my name is Kaetrena Davis Kendrick. I'm a librarian and colleague of Tom's. Thanks so much for posting this, and there is a slight correction: Tom worked at the University of South Carolina - Aiken.

Thanks for your support.


Alana Baranick said...

Thanks, Kaetrena.

That's a major correction.

Sorry about that.

Jerry said...
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Jerry said...

Friends (Quakers) in South Carolina, who are meeting at the annual Palmetto Friends Gathering (PFG) this coming weekend (March 5-7) at the Lexington Family Y, will hold a memorial service in the manner of Friends on Sunday, March 7th at 10:30. The Lexington Family Y is at 401 YMCA Rd, Lexington, SC. A map and directions can be found at For more information call Brenda Conway (803) 648-6020.