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DR. PHILIP GREGORY HULTIN

Date of Passing: Aug 15, 2018

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DR. PHILIP GREGORY HULTIN Dr. Philip Gregory Hultin passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, with his wife Monica and son David by his side. He is also survived by his mother, Beryl, brother Geoff (Andrea), sister Karen (Shawn), as well as his nieces and nephews. Philip was predeceased by his son Michael, and father Neil. Philip was born in 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo. He studied at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. There he met his wife Monica over their shared love of medieval history and music. Phil conducted his post-doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and at Queen's University in Kingston. He moved to Winnipeg with Monica in 1993 when he accepted a position at the University of Manitoba in the Chemistry Department. Michael was born in 1993 and David in 2000. At University of Manitoba, Phil ran a research lab, was active in the University Senate, but most of all was a passionate teacher and mentor. His enthusiasm for chemistry was well received by students, and Phil received teaching awards and enthusiastic reviews. He dedicated a significant amount of time to creating original course material and redesigning curriculum. He was a strong believer in the use of logic and of thinking flexibly in problem solving - and felt that science was both exciting and a creative endeavor. During his 40's, Phil became interested in radio-controlled airplanes, following up on his teenage experience in building model airplanes, by building and flying his beloved RC aircraft. He was an active member of the Winnipeg Headingley Aero Modellers and loved spending time with his flying buddies, both in indoor and outdoor airfields. Phil was a devoted and loving father and husband. He was greatly involved in his son Michael's care, in David's sporting and academic activities and in Monica's musical endeavors. The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and staff at the Grace Hospital, St. Boniface Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre for their care of Phil over these last few months. Cremation has taken place and a reception celebrating Phil's life will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street with speeches beginning at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Phil may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086 ejcoutu.ca

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 18, 2018

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • We were so sorry to hear of Phil's death. We have happy memories of chatting with Phil as he was out for a walk down Dorchester with Michael, Monica, how sad to have lost your dear husband and your beloved son and we pray that you and David can take comfort in the memories of your happy times together. - Posted by: Tom and Nydia Peterson (Friends and former neighbours) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I really respected Phil as a man who cared about students and worked hard to continue to explore new ways to connect with them. He was a pioneer and I want to imitate that. He will be missed. - Posted by: Robert Borgersen (Colleague) on: Aug 20, 2018

  • Dear Monica and David, Please accept our sincere most heartfelt condolences on your losses. May your happy memories provide comfort at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ania and Steve Lewicki - Posted by: Ania and Steve Lewicki (Cousin) on: Aug 20, 2018

  • I don't believe we have met, but, I knew Phil from riding the 36 bus every night, on the way home we would debate, commiserate or argue some point especially about transit and all of its foibles. He will be sadly missed. He shared his love of flying and life in general. You have all my sympathies. - Posted by: Tanis Woodland (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2018

  • I know Phil and his good lady, Monica, from some shared years at Queens University. We all enjoyed recreating medieval history in music, dance, food and fete. Phil and Monica hosted our chorale group, and set the example for us all of genteel intellectual leadership with passion. His good influences on life will be mourned indeed. I am so sorry this befell you, Monica. - Posted by: Dorren Gertsen-Briand (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2018

  • Although I didn’t do work with Phil that often, I did do work for his students and can tell you his students had a great appreciation for Phil and looked up to him immensely. Phil was a very nice man and great to talk to with a wealth of knowledge. He was a face passing in the hall that always said hello and even though I’m not at the UofM anymore I’ll always think of him as a co-worker. My thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Lesa Cafferty (Co-worker) on: Aug 20, 2018

  • Hello Monica and David, I was so sorry to hear that Phil had passed away, and so soon after Michael. I wish to send you my heartfelt condolences. You will both be in my prayers. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend on Monday as I will be at dialysis. My heart goes out to you. God bless, Rebecca - Posted by: Rebecca (friend) on: Aug 18, 2018

  • Alison and I send our deepest sympathy on the loss of Phil, a stimulating colleague. David McKinnon - Posted by: David Mczkinnon (Former colleague at the University of Manitoba) on: Aug 18, 2018

  • Dear Monica, I had not expected the inevitable to occur so quickly. When I sent a note to Phil this June, he replied that we do not know what lies in our futures, and "We just have to do our best with the time we are given." Phil did - in the big and small ways that matter. I am so sorry that Phil has passed away. Emoke Szathmary - Posted by: Emoke Szathmary (colleague) on: Aug 18, 2018

  • Dr. Hultin was hands down one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had. Ever excitable about electron pushing and nuanced reactions, he made it too easy to love a field of chemistry so often scorned and feared by undergraduate students. He took extra time to hold extra classes so that we could pick his brain and become settled for his brutal midterms and finals. They were tough because he was tough on us, but he was tough on us out of love, not malice. He shared that love of chemistry with us and I will always remember him for that. Over the years he entertained me as I interviewed him for the Manitoban about vitalism and the synthesis of urea and when I asked him if we could include one of his old laboratory notebooks in a photography project. I'm so sad that I won't be able to pop into his office and annoy him anymore. He was a great man. Much love, Phil, I'll always love organic chemistry because of you. - Posted by: Jeremiah Yarmie (Former Student) on: Aug 18, 2018

  • When anyone asks me about the best teacher I’ve ever had, my answer without hesitation will always be Dr. Hultin. He was my prof in two organic chemistry classes, and his passion for the subject and, more importantly, for teaching in general left a permanent impression on me. - Posted by: Jake Davids (Student) on: Aug 18, 2018

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