My friend Mary Hobdy, widow of Grambling coaching legend Fred Hobdy and former longtime secretary to GSU’s second president R.W.E. “Prez” Jones, died at approximately 3:18 p.m. today after suffering for years with cancer.
Her last public appearance came during homecoming weekend in 2009, when an endowed professorship was dedicated in Fred Hobdy’s honor.
She was comforted in her final time by the news that a long-debated plan to name the university’s new Assembly Center in honor of her husband — Louisiana’s winningest college coach, and still the only one to win a men’s national championship — had finally been agreed upon, though Ms. Mary did not live to see the official ceremony, slated for May.
Arrangements were still incomplete this afternoon.