In Memoriam: Stuart Edwin Hunt / À la mémoire de Stuart Edwin Hunt
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Stuart Edwin Hunt, a founding member of the Canadian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA). Stu passed away in St. Albert, Alberta, on January 14, 2019, at the age of 82.
He leaves behind a great legacy. His contribution to and support for CRPA was enormous—initially as a member and later as a corporate member through Stuart Hunt & Associates. He supported CRPA from its inception to the present.
Stu was born in England and immigrated to Canada at the age of 19. He spent five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force at Mid-Canada Line radar sites. This set a career path for him as a radiation protection specialist.
Stu’s path took him from Atomic Energy of Canada to the Radiation Protection Bureau of Health Canada, and then to the University of Alberta as a radiation safety officer. Stu served as an emergency responder on behalf of the federal government, namely the Atomic Energy Control Board. He was often called as an expert to deal with nuclear gauges and oil exploration incidents.
Stu envisioned a “one-stop comprehensive solution” for specialized radiation protection services for Canadian industries. In response, he founded Stuart Hunt & Associates in 1982. His company continues to flourish and now has branches in many cities.
His company also continues to support CRPA through advertisements in the CRPA Bulletin and as sponsor of the annual CRPA conferences. I had the privilege of meeting Stu for the first time in 1977 at the Campus Radiation Safety Officers’ Conference in Houston, TX. We became lifelong friends.
From humble beginnings, Stu went on to achieve great success. He was down-to-earth, took a common sense approach, was a devoted family patriarch, supported community activities, and had a great sense of humour. He leaves behind many fond memories for all of us and will certainly be missed.