Memorial Fund Established for Education of Children Left Behind After Covington Entrepreneur's Death
One of the co-founders of a Covington company that emerged from the first class at UpTech, the technology start-up accelerator, died after an accident while vacationing in North Carolina with his family.
Stu Hooper was 44.
A co-founder of Citilogics, a promising young company that helps water utilities anticipate pipe breaks and leaks, improve drinking water freshness, and work smarter with intelligent data visualization tools, Hooper had fifteen years of experience in drinking water treatment optimiziation and distribution system water quality, according to the company's website.
Citilogics in January of this year received a $150,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
"Stu's passing is a huge personal loss for everyone at CitiLogics. He was a brilliant engineer and innovator, and he brought an unyielding precision to our company," co-founders Jim Uber and Sam Hatchett said in a statement reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer. "His absence is deeply felt, but his imprint continues to be at the very core of what we do."
"UpTech shares our deepest condolences with Stu’s wife, Debbie, and sons, Julian and Maceo, as well as his business partners at CitiLogics, Jim and Sam. In the midst of this loss, we are glad to know that Jim and Sam will carry on Stu’s dedication to the mission of CitiLogics—to change the future of the water industry for everyone," the start-up accelerator said in a statement.
A fund to help the continuation of Julian and Maceo's education has been established. As of Friday, More than $3,000 has been raised. You can donate to the effort by clicking here.
Photo: Stu Hooper/provided