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Caroline Rose Hunt


1923 - 2018
Caroline Rose Hunt Obituary
Caroline Rose Hunt DALLAS--Caroline Rose Hunt of Dallas passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the age of 95. Caroline was born in El Dorado, Ark., on Jan. 8, 1923, to pioneer oilman H.L. Hunt II and his wife, Lyda Bunker. After the discovery of the massive East Texas oilfield, the family moved to Tyler, Texas, and then to Dallas in 1938. Caroline graduated from The Hockaday School in 1939 and studied English Literature at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., during her freshman and sophomore years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art History from The University of Texas in 1943. Caroline later served on the board of trustees at Mary Baldwin College and received honorary degrees from Mary Baldwin and the University of Charleston. Following her marriage to Loyd Sands, she devoted the next three decades to raising her five children, Steve Sands, Bunker Sands, David Sands, Laurie Sands Harrison and Patrick Sands. Since moving to Dallas in the 1930s, Caroline has been a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where she was honored as the first woman deacon in 1971. She also started the Mother's Day Out program at her church. In every aspect of her life, she was led by her deep Christian faith and, for the last 10 years, enjoyed a weekly Bible study in Rosewood's offices attended by dear friends. In the 1970s The Rosewood Corporation was formed and became the primary operating vehicle for her family business interests. including oil and gas exploration, real estate development, private equity and venture capital. In 1979, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts was established after the acquisition of the Dallas home of Sheppard King and conversion of the property into the five-star The Mansion on Turtle Creek. Rosewood Hotels and Resorts eventually expanded to 18 owned and managed properties worldwide with a brand dedicated to a commitment of excellence. In 2011, Rosewood accepted an offer to sell the company, representing full value. In the early 1980s, Rosewood began assembling a tract of land just north of downtown which anchored the company's signature development, The Crescent, and later Rosewood Court, in what is now regarded as the first development of Uptown Dallas. Caroline Rose Hunt was the guiding spirit behind The Rosewood Corporation, and she was motivated not only by making sound business decisions, but also creating something that would benefit Dallas. The Crescent and Rosewood Court exhibit classic architecture gracing the northern gateway to downtown. Caroline enjoyed shopping the English countryside with one of her very dear friends which led to the opening of the antique store, Lady Primrose's, and a beloved Tea Room in Dallas.For the opening of Rosewood's Lanesborough Hotel in London, Caroline developed the Lady Primrose product line as amenities for the hotels worldwide. She worked with a French perfumer and English toiletry house and researched recipes dating back to 1677. In addition to the Rosewood hotels, the Lady Primrose line was sold in stores across the country. including Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Lady Primrose's Royal Bathing & Skin Luxuries was sold in 2006. Throughout Caroline's life, she hoped to leave a legacy in Dallas insisting that The Rosewood Corporation and its subsidiaries focus on excellence and fair and ethical dealings. She liked to refer to its employees as "Rosewood family." She taught both her immediate and Rosewood family the importance of responsible philanthropy and set an example of corporate involvement, regularly attending board meetings well into her 90s. In 1999, The Caroline Rose Hunt Family was honored by induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. This award gave recognition to her children who are actively involved in the business. She received countless other awards reflecting her service and contributions to business and the arts and reflecting her focus on philanthropy both personally and through her leadership at The Rosewood Foundation. She was the third member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International to be honored as a Grande Dame, after the famous Julia Child, and the only Grande Dame so named from the Dallas Chapter. She served 10 years as a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and continued as Emeritus Trustee. She had an adventuresome spirit, was a world traveler, outdoorsman, and a hunter, going on an African Safari and fishing in Alaska with her late husband. She spent many hours on airplanes and weeks on boats during which time she honed her writing skills and eventually authored several books. Her love of writing began from a very early age. Caroline was the author of a cookbook, "The Compleat Pumpkin Eater," a collection of 440 pumpkin recipes. In 2000, her novel, "Primrose Past: The 1848 Journal of Young Lady Primrose" was published by HarperCollins. To her family who called her "Mom" and "Moozie," she sought to create a bond of kindness and loyalty and did so with an enduring example of warmth and humility unlike any other. In her later years, she focused on transferring sound values to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family was the most important thing to her. She had been known to say that she enjoyed going to the office because that's where her kids were. She had monthly luncheons with her grandchildren and, for over 15 years, her family has held an annual Stakeholders meeting to instill the importance of her core values of integrity in both business and personal relationships; they will continue to do so. Her family remembers her as gentle and tactful. She disliked confrontation and strove for harmony. Like many of the Hunt family, she was exceedingly frugal. Her family and friends were far more important to her than material possessions. Her long life was filled with interesting adventures, experiences and people, and, in later years, she enjoyed nothing more than sharing this trove of stories with those around her. Caroline was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Hassie, Nelson Bunker and Lamar Hunt; her sister, Margaret Hunt Hill; and two of her sons, John Bunker Sands and David Keith Sands; as well as former husbands, Loyd Sands and Hugo W. Schoellkopf Jr.; and longtime friend and companion, Charles Simmons. In her later years, Caroline enjoyed the special friendship of Robert Brackbill. His loyal companionship and company were cherished by Caroline and her family. Caroline is survived by her son, Stephen Hunt Sands (wife, Marcy); daughter, Laurie Sands Harrison; son, Patrick Brian Sands (wife, Kristy); daughters-in-law, Nancy Sands Esber (Jon) and Gayle Sands; her brother, William Herbert Hunt; half brother and sisters, Ray Lee Hunt, Ruth June Hunt, Helen Hunt Hendrix, and Swanee Hunt Ansbacher; and extended Hunt family members. She is also survived by her 19 grandchildren, Wilson Sands (Laura), Lowell Sands (Sandi), Storm Sands (Leigh), Bowmer Sands (Helen), Haven Heinrichs (Travis), Stark Sands (Gemma), Jacob Sands (Lindy), Courtenay Sands, Kathryn Sands, Lydia McCutchen (Nicholas), Clayton Sands (Lacy), Julia Sands, Caroline Harrison, Francis Harrison Brito (Manuel), Hassie Harrison, Bailey Harrison, Tate Sands, Lauren Sands, and Ryan Sands; and 23 great-grandchildren. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: The celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Peter Deison and Reverend Dr. L. Nelson Bell, IV officiating. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, those wishing to give a memorial gift are encouraged to consider Dallas CASA Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Memorial Fund (donations may be made online at dallascasa.org; or by phone to Becca Leonard at 469-547-9445; or by mail Dallas CASA, 2757 Swiss Ave., Dallas, TX 75204) or the Dallas Arboretum Caroline Rose Hunt Tribute Fund (donations may be made online dallasarboretum.org; or by phone to Samantha Mitchell 214-515-6548; or by mail to The Caroline Rose Hunt Tribute Fund c/o The Dallas Arboretum 8617 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218).
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Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 25, 2018
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