ERNEST L. DOBBS D.D., PH.D.
Passed April 13th, 2012 in Honolulu after battling complications of COPD for over twenty years. Formerly of Alabama and NYC Dobbs was raised by his great-grandmother, Dona Phillips Wood Reilly, of Etowah County, AL, who was a traveling companion of Eleanor Roosevelt. At a young age, he visited Europe, Africa, and the British Isles, having been present at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dobbs studied at Birmingham Southern University, where he was a member of Beta, Beta, Beta chapter of Alpha Tau Omega, and at The University of Paris, specializing in history and early French. During his early career, Dobbs was an Associate Professor of French at The University of Saigon and Secretary to the French Ambassador to the (British) Court of St. James. After moving to New York he served on numerous Boards for the Arts and worked as a publicist, literary agent, book editor, and Vice President of stories for Columbia Pictures.
In 1990 Dobbs moved to Hawaii where he met his life companion Daniel Char and was able to give full attention to his lifelong hobby of growing orchids. After arriving in Hawaii, Dobbs established AIDS Project Hawaii and served as Executive Director.
He is survived by his longtime companion of 21 years Daniel K Char and many close friends. Private burial service at Diamond Head Memorial Park on May 16, 2012