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Former Embry-Riddle President Jack R. Hunt Inducted into Florida Aviation Hall of Fame
Daytona Beach, FL, June 2, 2011
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s former president Jack R. Hunt was inducted into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame at the Florida Air Museum at the Sun ‘n Fun Air Show May 21.
Hunt, who died in 1984, was Embry-Riddle’s longest-serving president. He was represented at the induction ceremony by his widow Lynn Hunt-Doten and her husband, former Embry-Riddle vice president Eric Doten.
Hunt served as president of Embry-Riddle from 1963 to 1984, during which he relocated the school from Miami to Daytona Beach and watched it become accredited as a full university. In 1970, he established the early stages of what later became the university’s Worldwide Campus and in 1978 he purchased the former Prescott College in Arizona to create Embry-Riddle’s second residential campus.
Even before he came to Embry-Riddle, Hunt was a significant figure in aviation. In 1957, he commanded the Navy blimp ZPG-2 “Snow Bird” on the longest unrefueled, trans-Atlantic flight in history. For this achievement, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Fleet Admiral “Bull” Halsey and later the Harmon Trophy by President Eisenhower.
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