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This profile was last updated on 8/31/02  and contains information from public web pages.

Mrs. Rachel M. Hunt

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The Window Box Garden Club of Pittsburgh

Employment History

  • President and Treasurer
    Garden Club of Allegheny County
  • Founding Member and President
    Garden Club of Allegheny County
  • Director
    The Garden Club of America
  • President and Director of the Women's Board
    The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
  • President
    Women's Industrial Exchange
Web References
Obituary: Joan Kilner Hunt / Important benefactor of Phipps Conservatory, 31 Aug 2002 [cached]
Her 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.
In her spare time Mrs. Hunt was an avid golfer and a member of the United States Women's Senior Golfing Association.She also enjoyed traveling the world with her family.
But it is her volunteer work that her husband wishes her to be remembered for.
"She was deeply committed to her volunteer work," said Hunt."She 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.
The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel ..., 14 Feb 2015 [cached]
The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt
It was decided that the scholarship would be named in honor of Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt, beloved members of the Garden Club of Allegheny County and outstanding women of Pittsburgh.
Rachel M. Hunt, the mother of Torrence M. Hunt, Sr., was a director of The Garden Club of America from 1934-1939, and a founding member and president of the Garden Club of Allegheny County.
Mosaic mural tells tale, 15 July 2003 [cached]
Carol Cooper, a teacher of ceramics at the college, and Rachel Hunt, the arts co-ordinator at Western, organised the numerous biscuit and glaze firings.
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