Michael Hunt

Obituary of Michael Hunt

On Thursday, 12 April, in the loving presence of his family,  Michael H. Hunt passed away at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.


Michael was the inquisitive little Texas "cowboy" -- with that infectious grin, those clear blue eyes -- who grew up to discover a whole vast and intriguing world and, over an entire lifetime, to open wide his arms to all of it.


Scholar; mentor; deeply devoted husband and father, brother and cousin; loyal friend.


Everett H. Emerson Professor Emeritus of History at UNC Chapel Hill.  And much more: lover of woods, mountains, and streams; of wine and chocolate; of garlic and greens; of seasides and dolphins; of soccer and "City"; of long conversations; of mysteries to solve; of fires in the hearth, blazing against the chill.  A man of integrity, reason, and wit.


Preceded in death by his parents, Col. Wheeler H. Hunt and Phyllis S. Hunt, Michael is survived by his spouse, Paula S. Hunt of Chapel Hill, NC; his adored daughters, Heather Hunt (Effie) of Carrboro, NC, and Daniella Hunt of Rome, Italy; dear sisters Suzanne Matheson (Bill) of Denver, CO, and Patricia Johnstone of San Antonio, TX; and close cousins Lee Hunt (Marilyn), Elise Garnica (Mario), and Alan Hunt.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.


If desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Italian Cancer Foundation, to UNICEF USA, or to any charitable organization of the donor's choice.