The Robert T. Hughes Memorial Award was established in 2015 and first awarded in 2016. It recognizes outstanding individuals in the field of industrial ventilation. This year’s Hughes Memorial Award recipient is Raymond (Ray) B. Hunter.
Mr. Hunter retired from Ray Hunter and Associates, Inc. with 50+ years of industrial ventilation experience. A native of West Virginia, Mr. Hunter attended the University of Louisville on a naval scholarship and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Commissioned into the Navy, he served on the USS Cook based in San Diego, CA. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Hunter joined American Air Filter Corporation (AAF). At AAF he was the Manager of the Fabric Filter Products Group and opened the AAF Branch Office in Birmingham, AL for all product lines throughout the southern region. When AAF began closing its branch offices, Mr. Hunter founded Ray Hunter and Associates, Inc., as a manufacturer’s representative firm specializing in industrial air pollution control products and systems, where he served until his retirement.
Mr. Hunter was an Instructor for the Connecticut Industrial Ventilation Conference, the Michigan State Industrial Ventilation Conference, and the North Carolina State Industrial Ventilation Conference. He founded and chaired the University of Alabama-Auburn University Industrial Ventilation Conference and the Las Vegas Industrial Ventilation Conference.
Mr. Hunter has a legacy in the industrial ventilation community as a staunch supporter and promoter of the industrial ventilation guidelines and practices outlined by the ACGIH® Industrial Ventilation Manual. His clarity on applications insight and ethical practice has left an undeniable footprint in our industry.
Mr. Hunter has made significant contributions to the field of industrial ventilation and ACGIH® is pleased to posthumously honor Mr. Hunter as the recipient of this year’s Hughes Memorial Award. The award will be announced at the ACGIH® Membership Reception and Annual Meeting of the Membership and AIHce Opening Session, and presented to Mr. Hunter’s family.