Molly Elisabeth Hubbard, MD – Cache Valley Daily

Dr. Molly Hubbard (OHSU Hospital)

October 1, 1986 – January 7, 2020 – (age 33)

Molly Elisabeth Hubbard, M.D, 33, was one of three skiers killed in an avalanche at the Silver Mountain Ski resort in Kellogg, Idaho.

Molly was born to Mary Susanne (Schaefer) and John Lee Hubbard in Burlington, Vermont. In 1989, Molly and her sister Amy Lynne moved with their parents to Cache Valley, Utah.

She grew up enjoying all the joys of the Utah environment. Molly loved everything about the outdoors, becoming an avid expert skier. She enjoyed the family “farm” on Spring Creek in Providence, raising all sorts of animals and helping with chores and the hay crop. Beaver Mountain was her winter playground. Her early education path led from Providence Elementary, Spring Creek and South Cache Middle Schools, and finally to Mountain Crest High School, graduating in 2004. When she graduated from Utah State University in 2008, her skills in biochemistry matched naturally with her passion to study medicine.

Remarkably, she returned to the hospital of her birth, obtaining an M.D. degree from the College of Medicine at University of Vermont in 2012. In the Fall of 2012, her medical adventures led to her residency in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. Upon completing this seven year program in 2019, Molly was awarded the Zhao Zi-Zhen Award engraved “Inquisitiveness, Perseverance, Honesty, Frugality, Compassion.” These words described Molly very well. She had a wry wit and sense of humor that would always make folks smile.

In 2019, Molly began a fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Oregon Health Science University in Portland, OR. She had a deep commitment to helping children with extreme needs. In December, 2019, Molly accepted an Assistant Professor position at the OHSU, to begin the summer of 2020. In her short time at OHSU, she became a valued team player. Her Department Head, Dr. Nathan Selden, described her as “a truly superlative physician and surgeon with exceptional judgement, technical skills, and deep compassion for her patients and colleagues.” Dr. Selden continued “She was an extraordinary human being who was loved and valued by all who knew her.” Through her “Moliday” adventures, Molly had many friends from all over the world where she had traveled.

The loss of Molly is a tremendous shock to her surviving parents and sister Amy Lynne. She is survived by many, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her beloved black dog Wilder. She was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and recently by her uncle Jim Schaefer.

A celebration of Molly’s life is planned for 12:00 Noon, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Beaver Mountain Ski Lodge, 27 miles east of Logan, Utah, off of US Highway 89. We invite family and friends and colleagues to contact for further information.

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