Dora DePedery-Hunt is one of Canada's most recognised sculptors. Her engraving of Queen Elizabeth II has graced Canadian currency for more than a generation. You likely have one of her engravings in your pocket right now.
Born: 16 November 1913 (Budapest)
Died: 29 September 2008 (Toronto)
Claim to fame: sculptor, medal maker
Dora De Pédery-Hunt: 94
SHE PUT IMAGE OF QUEEN ON CANADA'S COINS
Sandra Martin for the Globe and Mail
October 2, 2008
Toronto -- Medalist Dora de Pédery-Hunt, the sculptor who moulded the image of the Queen on Canadian coins and created the Canadian Centennial Medal and hundreds of other awards, died of colorectal cancer in the palliative care unit of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Sept. 29. She was 94.
Born Nov. 16, 1913, in Budapest, she trained as an artist and sculptor but fled her homeland with her family on Christmas Eve, 1944, just before the Soviet army marched into Hungary. She came to Canada in 1948 and was soon befriended and encouraged by sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle. Her inaugural commission in Canada was the Canada Council Medal, the country's first arts medal. She is survived by a niece, two nephews, four great nieces and nephews and two great-great nieces. A private family funeral is planned, followed by a celebration of her life at a later date.
Unknown. Please contact us if you know where her final resting place is.