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Dr. William Bridges Hunter

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DR. WILLIAM BRIDGES HUNTER, 90 died Friday, February 10, 2006. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Professor Hunter was born June 7, 1915 in Louisville, Kentucky, the first of two sons of Will Hunter and Florence Porter. After graduating from Princeton University and working a year for the L&N Railroad, he earned a PhD. in English from Vanderbilt University. His specialty was Milton, and he was one of the founding members of the Milton Society of America, serving as secretary for 20 years. He was general editor of A Milton Encyclopedia; author of The Descent of Urania, Milton's Comus: Family Piece, and Bright Essence: Studies in Milton's Theology: and the editor of The Complete Poetry of Ben Johnson and of selections in The English Spenserians. In addition he published many other scholarly articles on Milton, Shakespeare, and various other 17th century English poets. He taught English at Mary Baldwin, Wofford, Baylor, the University of Idaho, Macalester College, the University of New Hampshire, and finally at the University of Houston. He also taught as a Fulbright professor in India. Having won awards as a teenager for his piano playing, Mr. Hunter was truly a Renaissance man. His was strong, no-nonsense voice for public education (he served on a school board), he enjoyed the symphony (he played first flute in the Spartanburg, S.C. orchestra) and opera, and had a great appreciation for art history, Biblical studies, science, gardening, travel, hiking, and chocolate. He was also skilled in electronics and in playing chess. However, the most important love of his life was his wife of over 65 years, Margaret Jackson, currently of Friends Homes. Besides his wife, surviving him are sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Eris Hunter of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jim and Louise Hunter of Colorado Springs, CO; and daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and Tom Wright of Greensboro, and Penelope and Lee Carr, of Catoosa, OK. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3906 W. 3906 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410 Forbis & Dick Guilford Chapel is assisting the family.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 16, 2006
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