Rudolph John Huber
Rudolph John Huber
  • October 26, 1940 - October 4, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Dr. R. John Huber passed away surrounded by family on October 4, 2017. Known by most as Jack or Doc, he leaves his greatest mark on the world through the deep relationships he built in each arena of his life. He was a loving husband to Polly; an attentive father to Jenny, Beth, and Emily; a compassionate friend to neighbors, fraternity brothers, colleagues, or just a total stranger he met while standing in the checkout line; a mentor to countless Meredith College students during his 37-year career as a professor of psychology; a softball coach to hundreds of Meredith Angels; a summertime lifeguard keeping young swimmers safe in Raleigh and upstate New York; and a counselor to people in need of his trademark encouragement.

Jack was a lifelong scholar with a deep command of psychology and an even deeper command of corny jokes. He applied both with a strong desire to make people feel better about themselves and the world. He graduated with a Ph.D in psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 1971. He arrived in Raleigh in 1974 to accept the position of chair of the psychology department at Meredith College. While he enjoyed teaching students, his greatest reward from his time at Meredith came from encouraging and mentoring his students. Jack would always make time to listen and help them in any way he could. "I am who I am, and that is good enough" was the guiding principle of a book he recently translated and a message he tried to share with as many as possible.

Jack had many loves outside of the classroom. Foremost among these were his wife and three children, sons-in-laws, and his five grandchildren - Kenyon, Kemper, A.J., Colston, and Jack. He was a playful "Papa," quick with a joke, a story, or a hug. He was an avid baseball fan and long-suffering Cleveland Indians supporter. The basketball game H.O.R.S.E as another favorite pastime, especially with his son-in-laws and he always brought out the running one-hander in pressure situations. And he would often dust off one of several musical instruments he could play, especially during holidays, and loved to entertain his children and grandchildren with songs. Jack was also a traveler, and especially enjoyed trips to Emerald Isle, NC; Germany; and Ireland. The town of Courtmacsherry was a cherished place in the latter, and he leaves fond memories of celebrating both his 40th and 50th wedding anniversary there with friends.

He is survived by Polly, his wife of 51 years; his children Jenny John (Chris) of Roanoke, VA; Beth Patafio of Charlotte, NC; and Emily Callahan (Mike) of Charlottesville, VA; and five grandchildren. He rejoins in heaven his father Rudolph and his mother Jeannette.

A memorial service is planned for Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 PM at Jones Chapel on the campus of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

In lieu of flowers donations be made to Duke Hospice or the Meredith Autism Program in his memory.

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