Houston Treasure for 2009
Photo by: Evin Thayer Studios
Patty Hubbard, a fourth generation Houstonian, has elevated community service to an art form. An interior designer for over thirty years, Patty has utilized her talents to help design and shape Houston’s vibrant performing arts culture.
Patty graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin earning a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy. A true renaissance woman, her passion for and mastery of all things musical, theatrical, literary and historical are legendary. The Alley Theatre’s large stage bears her name as a tribute from the Brown Foundation and the Alley for her lifelong service and support. For over 35 years, Patty has been the Alley’s champion; she has served as its Chairman, President, Life Trustee, and founder of its patron group, CenterStage.
Not content to limit her passion to any one art form, Patty has also served on the boards and executive committees of the Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony and has chaired galas for Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Houston Public Library. She has a long tenure of executive positions with the Cullen Trust for Performing Arts and Imprint, Inc., a literacy group that honored her at its 2003 “Poets and Writers Ball.” Patty also has chaired the Junior League of Houston’s charity ball and co-chaired the River Oaks Garden Club’s Azalea Trail.
It is a testament to Patty’s personality and caring spirit that a woman so accomplished would also be so loved by those with whom she has worked. Not surprisingly, Patty’s extraordinary energy and dedication have earned her myriad awards and honors, including a “Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.
Patty’s husband of 45 years, Ford Hubbard, Jr., who died in 1999, was an equally passionate and supportive partner in her efforts to ensure that the arts in Houston flourish. Their son, Ford Hubbard, III, is Marketing Director of HOK architects in Houston.