Robert P. Hunt

April 10, 1934 - December 4, 2015
Robert P. Hunt

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Robert P. Hunt, longtime Administrator at the College of William and Mary, died early on December 4, 2015, in Richmond VCU Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Mr Hunt was born on April 10, 1934, in Accomack County, Virginia, a Methodist preacher’s son of Norman F. and Lottie M. Hunt. He was predeceased by his parents and his six siblings.

After graduating from Randolph Macon Academy, he received a BS degree from Randolph Macon College . He received a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling at William and Mary. He also received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration. In August 1957, he returned to William and Mary as a Graduate Assistant, coaching football and basketball. This began a lifetime career and dedication to the college.

From 1961-1980 Bob served as the Dean of Admissions. He organized many new programs among which were Review Committee Procedures, including faculty and administrators, regarding admission decisions. He developed a program for local secondary students to enroll in college courses. He developed the Early-Decision program used today. He supervised Alumni receptions for admitted students. He was President and Chair of School-College Relations Committee of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. During these years he served as Chairman of many committees related to admissions both local and state.

From 1980 until retirement in 1995, Bob was Associate Director of Career Services. During those years of counseling students and alumni, in their graduate school admissions and job search, Bob administered alumni career advisory programs. He served as President of the VA College Placement Association. These years he was an ardent supporter of athletics and academics of the College.

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg was a most important part of Bob’s life. He served in many capacities through the years – distinguished Past President, Board of Directors for Kiwanis Foundation, volunteered for many (almost all) committees for the club projects.
He was the recipient of the Korczowski – Fuller award and the Kiwanis Hixson award, both in recognition of civic service.

At Williamsburg United Methodist Church, he served on the Official Board and Wesley Foundation Board. Bob was Chairman of the WJCC School Board and was a member of the Headstart Policy Council.

Survivors include Bob’s wife of 58 years, Sylvia; son Roger, wife Eli and grandson Coleman; daughter, Stacy Hill, husband Guy and grandchildren Megan and Will; many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation, PO Box 1265, Williamsburg, VA, 23187 and William and Mary Tribe Club, PO Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187.


Thursday, December 10, 2015
2:49 PM

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  • December 05, 2015
    lorri and noel veden says:
    Sylvia and Family, The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. Bob was all this and more... Those we Love don't go away, They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near . Stilled Loved, still missed and forever dear. To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord... Bob I can see you on the Lawn Bowling Green now ... Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers

  • December 06, 2015
    Phyllis Belden says:
    The Vedeens said it best. Bob will always be with us, at so many events he loved and that we shared. His contributions to the College and to the community were great, and will continue on.

  • December 07, 2015
    Phillip Payne says:
    When Jack Brendel passed away, I heard Bob say "well, they've just about got a whole softball team up there (my father, Joe Payne passed away Dec. 11, 1973), I hope they save a spot for me." What a wonderful thought. Much love to the Hunts from the Paynes.

  • December 07, 2015
    John Sadler says:
    I was so terribly saddened to learn of our beloved Bob's passing. I hope Sylvia and all of Bob's immediate and extended family will draw comfort from knowing that so many of us, including some they've never met, have our arms around them and are thinking of and praying for them so earnestly at this time. Bob was truly the type of person who makes you feel immeasurably blessed and privileged to have known him. I've never known a finer person nor anyone I admired more. I will remain grateful for learning from Bob and benefiting from his warmth and wisdom. He was the quintessential gentleman and community servant, and I will always be inspired by his example. What a wonderful place the world would be if it were filled with Bob Hunts. My wife Patrice and sons Jack and Ian join me in extending to Sylvia and all of Bob's family our deepest sympathies and respects, and our most heartfelt condolences. Take care and God bless.

  • December 09, 2015
    Linda Jones lit a candle:
    Lit since December 9, 2015 at 12:39:32 PM