Sam Hunter

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Professor Emeritus Sam Hunter, 91, of Princeton, NJ, died on July 27, 2014 in Princeton, NJ. Born Samuel Hunter, to Lottie and Morris, in Springfield, MA in 1923, he attended Williams College where his mentor was S.Lane Faison, served in the US Navy in the Pacific in WWII, and studied art history in Rome and Florence, Italy for three years on the Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowship. Professor Hunter embraced modern and contemporary art and shared his enthusiasm for it with us as the author of a multitude of enduring monographs on artists and books on the history of 20th century art, countless essays, museum and gallery catalogues, and articles on art history and artists. In his long and energetic career, he also taught, lectured, and mounted many exhibitions in cities, museums and art galleries, either independently or in the capacity of the position he held at the time and frequently including his students in the process, throughout the United States, in Europe (East and West), South America and Japan. He was an art critic at the New York Times, a freelance photographer for LIFE magazine, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, acting director at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, founding Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Director of the Jewish Museum, consultant to publishers, museums and art galleries, and a Professor of Art History in the department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University from 1969-1991.

Professor Hunter left his unique mark on generations of art makers, art historians, museum professionals and students of visual culture in his wake. He was loving husband to his wife Maïa Hunter and father to their son Harry who survive him, as well as two daughters Emmy and Alexa from his previous marriage to Edys Merrill, and grandfather to Isabella. His three sisters Susan, Charlotte and Anne predeceased him. He will be cherished always and missed dearly by the many who knew and loved him.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday July 30, 2014 in the Princeton University Chapel on the campus of Princeton University. Donations in honor of Professor Hunter can be made to the Williams Alumni Fund; By Phone: Call in your credit card gift to: 888-374-8110 (toll-free) or 413-597-4153. By Mail: Mail your check payable to "Williams Alumni Fund" to:
Williams College, Alumni Fund, 75 Park Street, Williamstown, MA 01267. Online: Make your gift online now at
Published on from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2014
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