It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that our friend and HOBY’s Founder, Hugh O’Brian, passed away the morning of Monday, September 5, 2016. He died peacefully in his sleep with his wife and long-time partner, Virginia O’Brian, by his side. He lived an active and full life throughout his 91 years, particularly in relationship to HOBY.
Many of us have known Hugh for some time, and have many personal memories of him; how he inspired us, challenged us, and cared for us. It’s impossible to put a number on the amount of lives Hugh has touched – but we can certainly say anyone who participated in HOBY, including all 470,000 of our alumni, tens of thousands of volunteers, and many staff are better people because of him. Hugh motivated generations of people around the world. His ripple effect of change, inspiration, and leadership will be felt for generations to come. He believed in all of us and we are all the better for it. Hugh O’Brian was simply OUTSTANDING. One in a million, he was truly unique in his passion for and dedication to young people.