Stewart Hunter was born in 1936 in Comrie, Perthshire. He was the son of Margaret (Peggy) and Archibald Hunter who was a minister in the Church of Scotland and later became Professor of New Testament Theology at the University of Aberdeen. Whilst Stewart chose medicine over the Kirk, he still studied at Aberdeen University. Following qualification in 1960, he chose to specialise in Paediatric Cardiology moving his family to London to learn how to treat children born with heart malformations at Great Ormond Street. Subsequently, he and the family moved back north to Edinburgh to continue that speciality at the Sick Children’s Hospital. In 1969, he was appointed as a lecturer in paediatric cardiology in the academic department of Newcastle University. Between 1972 and 1973, he and the family went to a research post in the United States of America in Pennsylvania where he was part of a team researching and publishing on the use of cineangiography in adults, a technique which he then extended with Dr Mike Tynan to children and infants upon his return to Newcastle. He returned to a second consultant post at Newcastle General Hospital, where the North East Clinical Paediatric Cardiology department was sited before moving to the new purpose built department of Paediatric Cardiology at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1977. His career is a list of achievements which is perhaps most notable for the many clinicians of varying backgrounds with whom he collaborated, supported, taught and developed over the years.