Remembering Joe Hunt
Joe Hunt of Edmond died Monday, July 5, 1999 at Columbia Edmond Medical Center. Born December 20, 1925 in Oakman, Okla., he attended school in Vanoss, graduating in 1942. A veteran of the U.S. Navy (1944-'46, '50-'52) he served our country during World War II and the Korean War. The G.I. Bill made it possible for him to go to Oklahoma State University, where he graduated in 1949 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
After graduation, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company hired him, and he worked there from 1949 to 1986. He rose rapidly through the organization, providing leadership in positions with Southwestern Bell and AT&T in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and New York. As general plant manager in Houston he directed recovery operations after hurricane Carla, managed the establishment of telephone communication systems for NASA and oversaw the communication setup at the LBJ Ranch when Johnson became president in 1963. In 1965, he became Vice-President and General Manager of Southwestern Bell, Oklahoma.
Throughout the years he played an active role in support of church, church-related and civic organizations and higher education. A member of Quail Springs Baptist Church, he was a deacon, Sunday School teacher, community missions volunteer and organizational leader.
Through the years he and his wife, Adeanya, have been generous in support of Oklahoma Baptist Children University and Oklahoma State University. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Joe and Adeanya Hunt Faculty Development Fund at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma or "Friends of the OSU Library."
Dean Johnson says "Joe Hunt, and his wife, Adeanya, was also an early member of the Friends of the OSU Library. As an OSU alumnus and a collector of books himself, he did not hesitate when asked to provide his expertise to the fledgling organization. At Board meetings Joe could always be counted on to ask the kind of intelligent, probing questions that one would expect of a person of his administrative and technical caliber. He was a warm, friendly person who always had something kind and generous to say as well. It was truly an honor to know him and to work with him. The Library's two millionth volume will be a lasting tribute to Joe, Adeanya and his family."
For more information on giving to the Library contact the Tylerr Ropp, Senior Director of Development, at tropp@OSUgiving.com or 405-385-5664.