[Chicago] A sad day for our community. John Hunter: 1968-2012.

Chris McAvoy chris.mcavoy at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 20:37:53 CEST 2012


Ended up on list...but, thanks ;)

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM, Carl Karsten <carl at personnelware.com>wrote:

> Chris,
>
> Off list, cuz I just want to let you know that you have a way with words.
>
> I was chatting with a friend and passed on your post...
>
> (12:40:40 PM) Cannuck: now I'm teary
> (12:40:43 PM) Carl: yeah, me too
> (12:40:46 PM) Cannuck: and I didn't know John
> (12:41:03 PM) Carl: I heard bout him passing a few hours ago
> (12:41:11 PM) Carl: sad, bummer, but it didn't hit me
> (12:41:15 PM) Carl: that has me in tears
> (12:41:44 PM) Carl: "though I only met John a handful of times,... "  same
> here.
> (12:42:20 PM) Carl: i have done between 1000 and 2000 vids, so it's
> not like I get all personal with the presenters
> (12:43:41 PM) Cannuck: yeah but that hits it
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Chris McAvoy <chris.mcavoy at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Very sad to hear this. Although I only met John a handful of times, he
> had a
> > big impact on my professional life (which ultimately bleeds into my
> personal
> > life). In one of John's first presentations to ChiPy, he showed us how he
> > was using Python and matplotlib to map brainwaves. He showed us a slide
> of
> > an open human skull, with electrodes connected directly to a subject's
> > brain. At the time, ChiPy was pretty new, and only a few people in the
> group
> > were using Python in their professional lives. John's slide was a big
> deal
> > to me...for years afterwards, when someone would ask if Python was really
> > production ready, I'd reference that slide and say something like, "John
> > Hunter uses it for brain surgery" (not entirely accurate,
> > but...heh..artistic license)
> >
> > I saw John and his family in the parking lot of IKEA a few years ago, and
> > thought for sure he wouldn't remember me, but he did, and was super nice.
> >
> > Thanks John, for the tools you built, the community you fostered, and the
> > lives you changed.
> >
> > Chris
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 1:44 AM, Brian Ray <brianhray at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> This is very heart breaking news... John was at the very first
> unofficial
> >> ChiPy meeting and presented several times over the years. Many of us
> know
> >> him for his contributions and some of us as a friend. He was a brilliant
> >> scientist, a thoughtful developer, and a kind soul. He will be missed.
> >>
> >> Thoughts with his family during this sad time.
> >>
> >> Rest in peace, John.
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