Past APWA President, William Hurst, dies

Former APWA President (1959-60) William Donald Hurst, 92, died Wednesday, September 25, in a Toronto nursing home after a long illness.

Hurst was employed by the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, from 1931 until his retirement in 1972. Until 1944, he was Water Works Engineer. From 1941 to 1971, he was Winnipeg's City Engineer and Commissioner of Buildings. In 1972, he retired as Commissioner of Works and Operations.

He graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1930, and earned his master's degree at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1931. His honors included his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, and recipient of a gold medal for lifetime achievement awarded by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

Hurst leaves his wife Gytha; two children, William and Marilyn; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

"Bill was a very powerful and influential man in the public works field," said Nick Diakiw, APWA President in 1980-81. "He was a very well-respected professional and a strong supporter of both the American Public Works Association and the Canadian Public Works Association."