John Lewis Hubbard
studied chemistry, his vocation, and (less extensively) his most prominent avocation, music, at
the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (BS Chem with Honors, 1969). Graduate studies were under
the direction of 1979 Nobel Laureate Herbert C. Brown at Purdue University (Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 1976)
and largely concerned hydride-induced carbonylation of organoboranes and carbonylation of trialkylborohydrides.
Two years of postdoctoral work at Purdue followed, one as a Visiting Assistant Professor and the other as
Research Associate of Professor Brown, the latter allowing completion of work on various methods of preparing
alkali metal trialkylborohydride reagents. The Marshall years began in 1978, and the rank of Professor was
achieved in 1990. Research interests include those from the time at Purdue, but a productive collaboration
with Gary O. Rankin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine,
has been the major activity for nearly 20 years and combines organic synthesis with toxicology (specifically,
making and studying compounds that damage the kidneys). Musical activities are choral singing (Marshall University
Choral Union, Episcopal church choirs) and organist (substitute for Trinity and St. John's Churches and treasurer of
the local American Guild of Organists chapter).