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academic administrator , State legislator

Robert Dean Hunter, American state legislator, retired academic administrator. Recipient Leadership award Junior League, 1965, Outstanding Service award Abilene Indiana School District, 1990, Boss of Year We. Horizons chapter American Business Women's Association, 1994, Friend of Business award Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1994.


Hunter, Robert Dean was born on June 25, 1928 in Dodge City, Kansas, United States. Son of Grover Cleveland and Grace Mae (Grubb) Hunter.


Bachelor of Science, Abilene Christian University, 1952. Master of Business Administration, Abilene Christian University, 1976. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pepperdine University, 1974.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Texas Wesleyan University, 1979. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University St. Thomas, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Abilene Christian University, 1993.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Hardin-Simmons University, 1997.


Director special events, Abilene (Texas) Christian U., 1956-1957; director alumni relations, Abilene (Texas) Christian U., 1957-1961; assistant to president, Abilene (Texas) Christian U., 1961-1969; vice president public relations and development, Abilene (Texas) Christian U., 1969-1974; vice president, Abilene (Texas) Christian U., 1974-1985; senior vice president, Abilene (Texas) Christian U., 1985-1993; vice president emeritus, lecturer school business, Abilene (Texas) Christian U., since 1993; member district 79, Texas House Representatives, 1986-1992; member district 71, Texas House Representatives, since 1992. Executive vice president Indiana Colleges Universities Texas, 1970-1980, acting president 1980-1981. Co-chair special house select commission on North American Free Trade Agreement and General Agreement of Tariff and Trades.

Committee chairman State, Federal and International Rels. Member economics and cultural development committee Southern Legislation Conference. Vice chairman arts and tourism committee National Conference State Legislatures.

Vice chairman for Texas, member trade, travel and tourism committee American Legislation Exch.


  • On August 9, 1986, Hunter won a special election with 50.5 percent of the ballots cast to fill the District 71 House seat vacated by the Democrat Gary E. Thompson, who resigned on June 2.


Deacon University Church Christ, Abilene, since 1956. Board directors Texas Municipal League, 1970-1973, Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, 1986-1999, chairman scholarships and awards, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Meals on Wheels Plus, Day Nursery Abilene, Abilene Opera Association, Boys and Girls Clubs Abilene, Volunteer Council Abilene, Attorney General's Child Support Volunteer Service Board, Community Justice Council, Restitution Center Taylor, Callahan, Coleman Counties, Chisholm Trail Council Boy Scouts American, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Abilene Young Men’s Christian Association, Abilene Business Aid, founding coordinator, Abilene United Way, Abilene Bicentennial Commission. Member Abilene City Council, 1970-1973.

Appointed by Governor Briscoe Texas Advisory Council for Technology and Vocational Education, 1977-1983, chairman, 1980-1983. Appointed by Governor Clements member Texas History Commission, 1983-1986. Advisory board directors Abilene Mental Health Association, Museum Abilene, Salvation Army, Kenley School, Texas Coalition Prevention Child Abuse.

Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1953-1956, Korea. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars (Clayton M. Leach Post 2012), Texas Conservative Coalition, Rotary (president 1983-1984, Paul Harris fellow 1984, elected district governor elect 1985), Texas Lyceum Association, Abilene Chamber of Commerce (various committees), Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce, Abilene Hispanic Chamber of C., Abilene Zoological Society, Abilene Junior Chamber of Commerce (named One of Ten Outstanding Young Men in Abilene 1968, 69), American Legion.


Married Shirley Margaret Long, May 27, 1954. Children: Kent Wayne, Carole Hunter Phillips, Leslie Dean.

Grover Cleveland Hunter

Grace Mae (Grubb) Hunter

Shirley Margaret Long

Kent Wayne Hunter

Leslie Dean Hunter

Carole Hunter Phillips Hunter