The following message was sent to the campus community on Dec. 8, 2015. -Ed.
I write to share the news that Robert P. Hunt, William & Mary Dean of Admissions from 1961-1980, died early on December 4, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Hunt received his B.S. degree from Randolph Macon College, and a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling at William & Mary. He also received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration. In August 1957, he returned to William & Mary as a graduate assistant, coaching football and basketball. This began a lifetime career and dedication to the College.
As the Dean of Admissions, he organized many new initiatives including a program for local secondary students to enroll in college courses, and the Early-Decision program we use today. He also supervised alumni receptions for admitted students. He was president and chair of the School-College Relations Committee of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. During his tenure as Dean he chaired many committees related to admissions, both locally and for the state.
From 1980 until his retirement in 1995, Mr. Hunt was Associate Director of Career Services, where he counseled students and alumni in their graduate school admissions and job searches. Mr. Hunt administered alumni career advisory programs and served as president of the Virginia College Placement Association. He was an ardent supporter of athletics and academics of the College.
Survivors include Mr. Hunt’s wife of 58 years, Sylvia; son Roger, wife Eli and grandson Coleman; daughter, Stacy Hill, husband Guy and grandchildren Megan and Will; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Thursday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation, PO Box 1265, Williamsburg, VA, 23187 and the William & Mary Tribe Club, PO Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187.