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OISE mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus David Hunt

March 22, 2019

A message to the community

I have just learned of the very sad news that Professor Emeritus David Hunt passed away yesterday, Thursday March 21, 2019 at Toronto General Hospital at the age of 93. I want to take a moment to briefly reflect on his stellar and lengthy career at OISE marked by exceptional teaching and scholarship.

Dave was a remarkable friend to so many of us during his long career at OISE. The David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Education was established as a testimony to his 50 years of remarkable graduate student mentorship.  He was a colleagues’ colleague who was a tireless supporter of the work of others.  Dave was a genuine lifelong learner who reached early prominence with his more quantitative work on matching learning models in the late 1960’s. At OISE, he turned to his more qualitative work on the importance of reflective practice that has contributed so much to improved educational practice. He contributed to OISE’s 50th Anniversary video series where he discusses his career and his fond memories of being a member of the OISE Band. His final book, published in 2010, focused on the importance of friendship, a fitting topic for a man who contributed so much to OISE through his personal kindness, thoughtfulness and devotion to others. He had the heart of a truly loving man. His passing is a tremendous loss for the OISE community.

As a community we will find time in the near future to celebrate his life and contributions to OISE.  But for now, please take a moment to remember our good friend and colleague Professor Emeritus David Hunt.


Glen A. Jones
Professor and Dean
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto