For Huntley, a dear friend, a wise and trusted confidante, a comrade and fellow traveler for thirty-one years, and I now find it difficult to imagine a world without him.
He first appeared in my life in 1984. It was hard to believe that even though we were both from Saskatoon and had similar backgrounds in economics and psychology, we didn’t meet until we both moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend MIT. Within a very short time, we had become close friends and had many friends and neighbours in common, with neighbouring offices on campus.
I don’t need to repeat what has already been said about him here today: about his spirit of friendship, his open-minded curiosity, and his passionate commitment and concern for social justice. In a nutshell, he embodied the very best of what it means to be human: He was confident without being arrogant. He had a brilliant intellect without ever losing touch with his humanity. He could be very serious, but always retained a child-like innocence. He enriched the lives of everyone that he touched.
I will remember him for the laughs, the tears, the infinite conversations, for his warm heart, his passion for life and adventure, and his deep concern for humanity and social justice. The world is a much smaller place without him. May he be remembered forever in our hearts and words and deeds.