Dr Jeffrey A Hunker, Ph.D

Died: Fri., May 31, 2013

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 24, 2013
Location: Shadyside Presbyterian Church

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Dr. Jeffrey A Hunker, Ph.D, age 56, where he resided in Shadyside passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013.

Dr. Hunker's professional work has always been at the intersection of technology, public and national security policy, and economics. He has sought always to work on challenging problems of national or multinational importance. This has led him variously to work on issues of the restructuring of the automotive industry, evolving models of competition in high tech industries, environmental technologies and policies, and most recently cyber security, terrorism and emerging threats to national security.

Dr Hunker went to Harvard, where he earned an AB in Engineering and Applied Physics (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a PhD in Business Administration (Managerial Economics). Dr Hunker was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served under President Clinton at the White House National Security Council as Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure, and before that as the first Director of the Federal inter-agency Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO).

Prior to beginning his work in cyber security and national security, he was Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce. He have also worked as a management consultant (BCG) and a Wall Street investment banker.

After 8 years at Carnegie Mellon University as Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Dr Hunker went into private practice as an author, researcher and advisor (Jeffrey Hunker Associates LLC).

For a time he was a music concert promoter, focusing on bands in the lower half of the top forty. He was an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  In his off hours, Dr Hunker read a lot, tried to improve his French and German, train for marathons, and go camping, canoeing, ice skating and skiing. He also like to garden.  He has been known to state that "I'm not a bad cook either".

He is the devoted son of Walter Hunker and the late Evelyn Hunker, loving brother of Dr Susan (Dr James) Cowman and nephews James, Walter and Arthur Cowman.

Memorial Services in Shadyside Presbyterian Church 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA  15232 on 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013.  .

Arrangements By the Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, John N Bauer-Funeral Director 5204 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207, 412-521-2768 "Dignified Funerals, Burials and Cremations with Care"


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Barbara Brewton
   Posted Fri June 21, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family of Jeffrey Hunker. I am so sorry for your loss. I would appreciate being notified of the memorial service so that I can extend.
With sincere sympathy,
Barbara Brewton
cell: 412-606-9692

Hub Kirkpatrick
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
I knew Jeffrey during his sober times in recent years. We occasionally shared coffee and conversations in the mornings. I found him to be a pleasant man and was often glued to his conversations; he was a very smart man. My condolences on your loss.

Suzanne Madison Hogg
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
My thoughts are with Jeffrey's family and friends. He was not only a brilliant man but also hysterically funny, had a wonderful laugh and couldn't be beaten in Trivial Pursuit. I remember my times with Jeffrey fondly and will never forget him.

Thomas Cawley
   Posted Tue July 30, 2013
A classmate of towering accomplishments, he will be missed. I was always in awe of his commanding knowledge of politics. My thoughts are with Jeff's family at this time of great sadness.

Valerie Rose Taylor
   Posted Wed September 25, 2013
Fly high now, Jeffrey, freed from the spurs and stings that drove you without rest. Your glorious turbulence -- you took a train to Revere once, to walk on the beach . . . in February -- your grasp of issues [each day's newspaper tells me of problems to be solved or at least managed, so apt for your hand and mind]; your magnificent sweep in the Viennese waltz. No one else was, is, or could be remotely like you. I miss you sorely.

Larry Cwik
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
Jeffrey was my cousin. He was a good guy who I had tried to get to know more in the later years before he passed. He and his sister Susan were always warm and friendly to our family and both achieved great success. My recently departed mother, brother, and sister all thought very highly of Jeffrey and offer our deepest condolences to Jeffrey's father, Walt, and to Susan and her family.

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