A.D. (Denis) Hosford
Arthur Denis Hosford, passed away in Regina, Saskatchewan on May 29, 1998 at the age of 62 years after a long illness.
Denis came to Canada from Ireland in 1957, and in 1959 entered into articles with D. Rae Sutherland, ALS He received his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor on June 14, 1963, and as a British Columbia Land Surveyor on August 15, 1966.
He practiced surveying in Alberta and British Columbia, being a founding partner of the firm, White and Hosford in 1964 which has continued as HIW Surveys Ltd. in Grande Prairie.
In 1968, Denis moved to Edmonton where he managed North West Survey Corporation until December 1987. During this period he was involved in a number of surveying and photogrammetric mapping projects, both nationally and internationally. At the time of his death, he was Director of GIS, Saskatchewan Geomatics for the Province of Saskatchewan in Regina.
Denis was active in the affairs of the ALSA, serving on Council for several years and as President in 1985. He was an astute mathematician and a very capable technician in the field of surveying and mapping.
Denis was always promoting technologies for the future, both within his firms and the surveying community. He was a thinker. Denis pioneered the use of EDM equipment in Alberta with the acquisition of one of the first geodimeters to be used in the province. He also had a real interest in writing and publishing. He published commercially, a few small selections relating to travel and education through Hosford Publishing.
Denis Hosford will be remembered by his colleagues as an individual who placed professional competence ahead of financial reward. Those associated with Denis, both as employees and partners, were always treated fairly and without prejudice.
He always had time for people.