Ward M. Hunting, 80, alumnus and associate professor emeritus of Food Science, died May 15 at his home in New Salem.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he graduated in 1946 from Houghton College in New York. After the war, he enrolled at Massachusetts State College, which became the University of Massachusetts in 1947, two years before he completed his master’s degree in Chemistry. He stayed on to earn his Ph.D. in Food Technology in 1963.
He began his 40-year teaching career at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy and Northeastern University in Boston. During that time, he helped develop cabin air conditioning for the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
In 1957, he returned to UMass as an instructor in the Food Technology Department. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1963 and to associate professor in 1972. Among his various duties, he directed the campus’s 50,000-Curie Cobalt 60 radiation facility and supervised a 3-million electron Van De Graff generator. He retired in 1990 as an associate professor emeritus.
He was an active member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and was a past president of the UMass chapter. He was also instrumental in introducing the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to the student body in the late 1940s.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Roberta (Somerville) Hunting; a son, Timothy, of Montague; a daughter, Rebecca Gray, of New Salem; five grandchildren, a sister and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to North New Salem Congregational Church, in care of Loretta Bergquist, Treas., 207 South Main St., Orange, 01364.