Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center & Hillcrest Memorial Park
6411 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach, FL
Edmund Robert Hunter
June 4, 1909 – July 23, 2011
E. Robert (“Bob”) Hunter was born June 4, 1909 to Carl and Ethelwyn Hunter in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from Appleby School in 1925, and from Upper Canada College Prep in 1928. He attended the University of Toronto in 1928 and ’29, then studied art at the Ontario College of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum. He went to England to study at the Courtauld Institute, where he graduated in 1936. While touring in Germany he met Frances Meriwether, who became his wife in 1938.
After returning to Canada he worked at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now Ontario) and then The Art Association of Montreal. He became a U.S. citizen in 1943 after a stint in the U.S. Army. He was twice director of the Norton Gallery (now Museum) of Art for a total of seventeen years, the first time beginning in 1943. He then directed the High Museum in Atlanta, the Jacksonville Art Museum, The Dade County Art Museum (Viscaya), McCormick Place Gallery in Chicago and the Norton again from 1963-1975.
Everyone whose life he touched, from his family and colleagues to those he met only recently, invariably remember his wit and humor. His memories entertained and informed us all for many years and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Frances; his son Nicholas; his son Robert and daughter-in-law Maria; and his granddaughter Anne-Marie.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 6411 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 (561) 833-4061 with the Reverend Father Donna Hall the celebrant. Online Condolences can be placed at: www.mizellfavillezern.com.
- Celebration of Life Service Saturday, August 13, 2011
- Reception For E. Robert Hunter Saturday, August 13, 2011