Hugh J. Goldie, BASc’53

It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that the family of Hugh Goldie announces his passing on November 20, 2011.

Hugh GoldieHugh was born November 9, 1929, in Vanderhoof, BC. After receiving his electrical engineering degree at UBC, he joined the Northern Electric Company in Montreal as a development engineer. After receiving his master’s from McGill University in 1956, Hugh returned to BC to take a position as an assistant communications and testing supervisor in the Electrical Operating division of BC Electric. Hugh had an impressive and successful career with BC Hydro, joining in 1962 as a communications engineer. In 1966 he moved to senior control and communications engineer and in 1968 he became assistant manager, Systems Planning and Development Engineering division, moving to manager of that division in 1970. Hugh became vice president of Electrical Operations in 1981 and three years later became vice president of Corporate Planning. By his retirement in 1987, he had 30 years of service in the power utility business with BC Hydro and was widely respected in the hydro electric community.

Hugh was a registered professional engineer in BC, an honorary lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UBC, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). As chairman of the Vancouver Section of IEEE in 1973, Hugh was very active in bringing the first Power Engineering Society (PES) Summer Power Meeting to Vancouver. In 1979, Hugh took on the chairmanship of the next Summer Power Meeting – a meeting that still holds the record for attendance and number of papers presented. In 1984, Hugh was one of five recipients from the Vancouver Section of IEEE awarded the IEEE Centennial Medal.

Hugh was a devoted husband and father who cherished his family and friends and will be missed dearly. Predeceased by his son, Steven, Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Doe, his son, David (Shelley), grandsons David, Mark and Joel, and his sister, Janet Darke.