National Geographic : 1897 Dec
GARDINER GREENE HUBBARD It is with the most profound regret that we record the death of Mr Gardiner G. Hubbard, which occurred at his country house, Twin Oaks, near Washington, on Saturday, December 11. While the Joint Commission of the Scientific Societies of Washington mourns the loss of a many-sided and broad-minded president, the Smithsonian Institution a most active and saga cious regent, the Columbian University a generous and indefat igable trustee, and other educational, patriotic, and benevolent institutions of the national capital a liberal benefactor, a wise counselor, or an earnest colaborer, it is in the National Geographic Society and its work that the most conspicuous gap has been created. The President of this Society from its foundation, Mr Hubbard was enabled by a combination of circumstances as exceptional as it was fortunate to sustain a relation to it that is probably without a parallel in the history of scientific societies. It is no new thing for such societies to enjoy the benefactions of wealthy and generous patrons and the inestimable advantage of the wise counsels of far-seeing and judicial-minded advisers con currently with the inspiring influence of men of the broadest culture and the most progressive ideas. Rarely if ever before, however, have these qualities and functions been united in one individual, or has there been so singularly varied a capacity for usefulness as was given to Mr Hubbard and as he exercised to its fullest extent. The loss to the National Geographic Society is for this reason an irreparable one, and the ordinary expressions of regret seem cold and conventional. It is impossible, in this number of the Magazine, to attempt a portrayal of Mr Hubbard's unique personality, or to do justice to the nobility of his character, or render adequate tribute to his unexampled services to the Society. We can only record his deeply lamented death, refer thus briefly to his untiring labors for the advancement of science, and announce that a more ex tended notice of his life and work will appear in the January number of this journal. J. H.