Dr. Robert HunterName: Dr. Robert Hunter
Date of Death: October 6, 2013
Age at death: _
Dr. Robert E. Hunter, Jr. passed Ad Astra on October 6, 2013. He was the only child of Robert E. Hunter, Sr. of Greenwich, Connecticut and Rachel Ragsdale Hunter Smith of Greenwich, Connecticut and Bessemer, Alabama; both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by Betty Jane Millard Hunter, his wife of 63 years, their son, Tripp Hunter of Vail, Colorado, their daughter, Hollie Hunter (Stephen Gardner) of Sun Valley, Idaho and two granddaughters, Ellis Ratcliff Hunter, and Kira Millard Gardner.
"Bob", as he was best known, was graduated from Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia and The University of Alabama where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees. Before Bob´s graduation from college he was drafted into the US Army during World War II. After Basic Training he was selected to attend OCS and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant Infantry and served in the American Graves Registration Command in Europe. He wrote a short story "SEARCHING FOR THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER" based on his experiences in this service. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and placed in the inactive reserve from which he was recalled to active service during the Korean War. He was awarded a number of decorations for his service in Europe and Korea including the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for wounds received in action. He was promoted to Captain while recovering and was Honorably Separated from the Service. Several years later, after he had received his doctorial degree he was Commissioned in the US Army Dental Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel and served in the Active Reserve, advancing to the rank of Colonel.
Upon completing Dental School he and his family settled in Rye, New York where he practiced for 28 years. While in Rye he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church serving two separate periods as a Deacon and taught Sunday School for four years. He was a member of Kiwanis International and a long time member of The American Yacht Club. He was a member of The American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Society. In Rye, he served as Ski Coach for the Rye High School Ski Team, the Addlepate Ski Club and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He retired from the practice of Dentistry in 1980 and he and his wife moved to Vail Colorado. An avid snow skier all his life he was a competitive snow ski racer. They remained in Vail for ten years when they returned to their long time home in Bradenton, Florida. In Bradenton he was the Founding President on the Palma Sola Botanical Park and had served on the Board of Directors of the Manatee Players for 14 years. He was a past President of the Manatee Players Board of Directors. He was a member of and a Past Vice President of The American Hibiscus Society and a long time member and Past President of the Golby/Reasoner Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He was a Lifetime member of The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10AM followed by interment at Sarasota U.S. National Cemetery at 2 P.M. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Tidewell Hospice, The Manatee Players or The Palma Sola Botanical Park. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.