Alumni Spotlight

Dec 14, 2017 12:00 PM

eNews Alumni Spotlight highlights alumni who give back to Frostburg in some way – time, talent, treasure or any combination. This edition of eNews will feature retired educator Lois M. Hobbs ’66.

Current Cities: Fenwick Island, Del., and Edgewater, Md.

Current Occupation: After spending over 40 years in the field of education as a teacher, supervisor, principal, superintendent and consultant, I just finally recycled my many files and retired. My friends still don’t believe me.

Why do you love Frostburg?

Entering Frostburg was my first time away from home and the first opportunity I had to make my own decisions, and I morphed into the woman I have become. Frostburg gave me the background I needed to pursue a very successful career in education. More importantly, I was able to make lifelong friends who remain close. Life has a way of changing as the years pass, and suddenly you are back on campus attending your 50th reunion. During those years you celebrate the happy occasions and support your friends through unexpectedly sad times. When you are together in a small gathering or a larger one, the conversation continues, the laughter echoes and the special memories of our time at Frostburg are sweet.

Why do you give back (time, talent and or treasure) to FSU?

I know that had it not been for Frostburg and the promise to teach two years in the state of Maryland, my family could not have provided me with a college education. At our latest reunion committee meeting, our classmates decided to begin a Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund. It is our way of giving back to help a student pursue a career in education. I remain very involved with the class of ‘66 and our scholarship fund. It is important to remember and appreciate the University that helped me begin my rewarding career.

Tell us about a person or persons from FSU who had an impact on your life.

When I think back on influential people at FSU, three women come to mind, Dean Alice Manicur for her high standards and work ethic; Mrs. Leona Ward, house mother of Frost Hall for her listening skills and compassion; and my cooperating teacher at Flintstone Elementary, Mrs. Robinette, for her guidance and fine example of an outstanding teacher.

Favorite Vacation Spot?

My favorite vacation spots are my homes in Fenwick Island, Del, where I am a block from the ocean, and in Edgewater, Md., on the Chesapeake Bay.

What do you do for fun?

I love to travel and have visited most of the United States and many countries in the world. Recently, I took sailing lessons and have been trying my newly learned skills on the South and West rivers in Maryland. I enjoy taking walks with the neighbors in the morning and spending quality time with my family and friends. Quiet moments are most important when I have time to think and reflect as I watch the sunrise over the Chesapeake Bay, and I am privileged to welcome a new day.

Favorite comfort food?

Chocolate (light or dark) and chips bring comfort when needed. I try to avoid those aisles in the grocery store.

Who is your doppelganger (famous person you resemble)?

So glad you explained this question; I guess you are never are too old to learn a new vocabulary word. In my younger days, I was told I reminded friends of Bonnie Franklin in the late ’70s television sitcom, “One Day at a Time.”

Tell us about a class or activity at FSU that has had a surprising effect on your life?

Following around my sorority sister, Pat Ballentine ’65, and learning to be the photography editor of the yearbook and the importance of deadlines. At that time, I never realized that meeting deadlines would become a daily routine in my career.