Hobart “Hobie” Cawood

Class of 1957 / Inducted 2002 / Football

Hobart “Hobie” Cawood, a 1957 graduate of Emory & Henry, was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 for his contributions as a guard on the Wasps Football team from 1953-56.

Cawood lettered three years in football. His senior year, the team’s record was 9-1 and had the second best rushing statistics in school history. Cawood’s achievements were recognized when he made the All-Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference and First Team Methodist All-American.

In addition to his prowess on the gridiron, Cawood was very involved in Emory & Henry’s campus life. He was president of the senior class and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. More recently, Cawood has served the Emory & Henry community as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Cawood joined the United States Park Service in 1958 after graduating from Emory & Henry. He moved up through the ranks, and by 1971 he was the superintendent of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park, which houses the Liberty Bell complex. After retiring from the National Parks service in 1991, Cawood served as supervisor for Old Salem, Inc., a nonprofit in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, until his 2001 retirement.

Cawood has received honorary degrees from several colleges and universities, including his alma mater. Emory & Henry also recognized his service to the country by bestowing him the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1977 for his role as a historian and administrator of the National Park Service during the celebration of the United States’ Bicentennial.