mother-in-law, Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt
, who was an expert in horticulture and also an avid collector of botanical and horticultural literature and art, took her
daughter-in-law under her
wing.The two women often traveled together, while the elder Mrs. Hunt
gave lectures on horticultural subjects all over the United States. Mrs. Hunt
continued the advocacy that her
mother-in-law began.She became a great friend and benefactor of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden and was serving on the special events committee and the board of trustees there at the time of her death.
In recognition of her
support of the conservatory, the newly expanded and renovated auditorium inside Botany Hall was renamed the Joan Kilner Hunt Auditorium in October 2001.
...In addition to her involvement with Phipps, Mrs. Hunt was past national director of The Garden Club of America and past president and treasurer of The Garden Club of Allegheny County.She
was a generous benefactor of The Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center
, now known as The Phipps Garden Center
, and a longtime member of The Window Box Garden Club of Pittsburgh
. Mrs. Hunt also was a former president of the Women's Industrial Exchange and a past president and director of the Women's Board of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. She
also hosted many receptions and events at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
in the Hunt Library
on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University
.The institute, dedicated in 1961 and formerly called the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library
, was endowed by the Hunt family.
spare time Mrs. Hunt
was an avid golfer and a member of the United States Women's Senior Golfing Association
also enjoyed traveling the world with her
But it is her
volunteer work that her
husband wishes her
to be remembered for.
was deeply committed to her
volunteer work," said Hunt
would get in the trenches, but she
would finally end up being president of any organization she
was with." Mrs. Hunt
is survived by her husband, Torrence Miller Hunt Sr.; three sons, Torrence Miller Hunt Jr. of Shadyside, Daniel Kilner Hunt of Sun Valley, Idaho, and Dr. Christopher Miller Hunt of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and a daughter, Rachel Hunt Knowles of Ligonier.