Deans and Directors of Household Science and Home Economics

Hope H. Hunt, BA(HSc), MSc, PhD, PDt (1940-1965)

Hope Hunt earned a BAHSc from the University of Toronto, MSc from Columbia University and PhD from the University of Minnesota, where she held a faculty position. In 1940, she accepted an appointment as Head of the School of Household Science at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1941, when the School became a College, Dr. Hunt became the first Dean of a College of Household Science in Canada. Her research involved the evaluation of cooking qualities of fruits and was conducted in conjunction with the Horticulture Department. Dr. Hunt was responsible for securing additional faculty members and introducing many important changes to the Home Economics curriculum, including new classes in Child Development, Family Relations, Community Nutrition, Household and Institution Management, Diet Therapy and History and Development of Home Economics. She was instrumental in changing the name to the College of Home Economics. She laid the groundwork for curricular revisions to establish a general course to meet the needs of teachers and five majors: Dietetics and Nutrition, Housing and Design, Food Science, Clothing and Textiles and Home Management. She convened a committee to plan a new home for Home Economics in the addition to the Chemistry Building.

Dr. Hunt retired in 1972 and was awarded the title of Dean Emerita by the University. The Hope Hunt Scholarship was established in her honour by alumna and friends. It is awarded annually to a graduate of Home Economics, Nutrition and Dietetics, Family Studies or Consumer Studies who is pursing graduate studies at the University. Dr. Hunt died in 1995.

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