The following is the text of the e-mail message sent by the Chair of Economics, Professor Keir Armstrong, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:11 p.m.
Dear Economics faculty and staff,
It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that Professor Huntley Schaller passed away yesterday morning.
In the last few years since his diagnosis Huntley fought valiantly and with a relentlessly positive mindset against his awful affliction. Most of you were probably unaware of his condition because he was a man who valued his privacy greatly and seemed for a time to be winning his fight. I know for a fact that he tried his best in this as he did with everything else in his life. He maintained his usual work schedule as much as he possibly could in the circumstances until about a month and a half ago, neatly wrapped up his affairs including the course he was teaching, and then left his office for the last time.
Aged 58, Huntley was too young to die. He had much more to offer to his many friends throughout the world, colleagues at Carleton, and the discipline of economics at which he excelled. His achievements and influence will live on in the profession as well as the Department. His many promising in-progress research projects will want from his absence, or remain unfinished forever, and we will all be the poorer for it. He will be missed.
Huntley was to me a valued colleague and mentor from whom I learned many things that have helped me time and again in the job I succeeded him in doing. I got to know him fairly well though our work together when he was Chair and grew to admire his dedication to excellence, optimistic worldview, and understated perseverance in the face of difficulties and outright obstacles. After I took over from him in that role, he continued to be a friend as well as someone I could turn to for well-informed, sensible advice. I will miss him.