Hobbs Inducted Into LMU Professional Hall of Fame

Michelle Hobbs accepting the award

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is pleased to announce the induction of Dr. Rex Hobbs into the LMU Professional Hall of Fame posthumously.


Hobbs was the associate dean of academic affairs at LMU-SMS when he passed away in 2020. Hobbs was a founding faculty member of the LMU PA Program and was cherished by many.


In 2009, Hobbs took on an additional position as senior lecturer for The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine in Herston, Australia. He helped develop and deliver the curriculum for UQ while still teaching at LMU. The PA Programs at LMU and UQ had strong ties, thanks to Hobbs. Hobbs was also instrumental in helping LMU build a relationship with James Cook University in Townsend, Australia, where he served as an adjunct professor.


In 2011, Hobbs was appointed assistant dean and program director for LMU’s PA Program. One of his assignments was to direct LMU-DCOM’s original Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) in which he envisioned creating a culture of collaboration. His work on IPE has had a lasting impact on the University and continues today through the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation.


In October 2017, Hobbs was named Physician Assistant of the Year by the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA). Hobbs was actively involved in TAPA and served on the board of directors as vice president, treasurer and president. In October 2020 he was inducted into the TAPA Hall of Fame, the organization’s highest honor, reserved for the most deserved. In 2021, LMU honored the life and contributions of Hobbs by naming the classroom where he delivered numerous lectures the Dr. Rex Hobbs, Jr., Auditorium.


Hobbs earned his Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree from LMU-SMS in August 2019. He is survived by wife Michelle, son Lochlyn and daughter Laurel. Michelle accepted his award.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at admissions@lmunet.edu.

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