Hubler, Johnson to appear on wall of honor
The Parsons College Alumni Association and Parsons College Foundation Fund have teamed up once again to sponsor a weekend full of activities for Parsons College alumni.
The main event is the Wall of Honor ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. The Ledger will feature two of the 10 honorees each day in the lead up to the ceremony. Today we honor David Hubler, a posthumous inductee from the class of 1960, and Lois Stuflick Johnson from the class of 1971.
David Hubler, ’60
In the world of college and university student unions, Hubler was regarded as a leader and an authority on usage and design. His stellar career in student union and activities management began at Parsons and thrived thereafter. He was later recognized as a national and international authority and consultant on student union operations, interior usage and design.
He authored and co-authored numerous articles on college student unions, which were published in “The Bulletin of the Association of College Unions-International.” Hubler was a frequent presenter at the ACU-I annual conferences held worldwide, and held various regional and national leadership positions for more than 30 years, from 1968 to 2000.
In his later years, the Parsons graduate served as a consultant on a number of new student union projects. He also served on committees for the ACU-I which included the Fine Arts Committee, the College Bowl Committee, the Recreation Committee and the Historical Black Institutions College Bowl Committee. But where he really made his mark and made a difference was in the community.
While living in California, he saw a need to help low-income families who were unable to purchase a home. Hubler started the first Habitat for Humanity group in Chico, California, and built its first house before moving on. After moving back to Iowa, he saw a need to help those suffering from blood cancers, so he started a leukemia and lymphoma support group in Des Moines.
In 2010, Hubler was named "National Volunteer of the Year" by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He dedicated the latter part of his life to actively advocating and lobbying at state and federal levels for improved health legislation and funding for those with blood cancers. His volunteerism and selfless concern for those with serious health issues made a difference for many.
Hubler, who passed away this past spring, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and married his college sweetheart, Tamara (Davis). He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, two children and three grandchildren. Mark Hubler will honor him at Saturday’s ceremony in Fairfield.
Lois Stuflick Johnson, ’71
Johnson was instrumental in organizing the first women's basketball camp in the United States. At Parsons, she was an Academic All-American and Valedictorian of her senior class. Johnson represented the United States in the Pan-American Games and played at the National Amateur Athletic Tournament and was an All-American.
Coach Bob Spencer called her, “One of the hardest working players on any of my teams and one of the best players in the world.” She was later inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
In 1968, upon graduation from Kanawha High School, Coach Spencer was waiting on her doorstep and Lois was off to John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Nebraska. She later transferred to Parsons where she wrapped up a stellar career, both in the classroom and on the court.
She left Parsons with a great education and a great husband, Howard Johnson, who also graduated from Parsons. Lois continued her participation in summer basketball camps and began her lengthy teaching and coaching (basketball and track) career at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, near Des Moines.
In 1977, Southeast Polk High School won the Iowa State Girls High School Basketball Tournament Championship. For the past 24 years, since the community recreational facility opened to the public, Johnson has worked for the Altoona Campus, starting and implementing youth basketball programs. Activities Director Bruce Mason credits her, saying, "She gets the kids active and moving. She makes basketball and fitness fun for the children."
Johnson is involved with her local Catholic Church in Altoona, assisting with youth programs and annual fundraising events. Coach Mason added, "Her greatest strength is her positive attitude. All of the children win by being associated with Lois!"
Tough now retired, she still works closely in a supportive role with the girls’ state basketball tournament. Lois and Howard have two daughters, a son (families) and reside in Altoona. Coach Spencer will introduce her during Saturday’s ceremony.