Our class president senior year, Ed died of pneumonia July 23, 2006, in Evanston, Ill. Ed had been a resident of Evanston’s Presbyterian Home Alzheimer’s unit since shortly after his wife, Helen, died in January 2006.
After graduating from Princeton, Ed attended Virginia Law School and, in 1942, entered the Navy, serving first in the Port of New York and then for 18 months in the port director’s office in Le Havre, France. Discharged as a lieutenant in 1946, he began his career in advertising at Benton & Bowles for 10 years in New York, then at agencies in Chicago from 1956 until 1972. He worked two years as director of public relations for Northwestern University and three years with an executive recruiting agency.
Active in many sports, he took up serious squash in his 50s and was ultimately National Senior Squash Champion 10 times. Devoted to Princeton, he was a regular at Reunions, served as class secretary, and was on the Schools and Scholarship Committee for 30 years. He endowed the Edward W. Hobler ’39 Women’s Squash Award.
Ed’s late brother was Wells ’41. Ed is survived by four children, including Ruth Hobler Joachim ’81; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Herbert ’44, to all of whom we offer deep sympathy.