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Former Carlmont High Administrator Dies

Dr. Robert Samuel Hunter III , who served as a teacher, department chair, and vice principal at Carlmont, was the originator of the Millard Fillmore Trivia Hunt.

A former Carlmont High School administrator, Dr. Robert Samuel Hunter III of Menlo Park, passed away after a long illness on July 14 at the age of 79, according to an obituary in in The Almanac.

Dr. Hunter attended Central Elementary School in San Carlos and Serra High School in San Mateo. Prior to receiving three degrees from Stanford University, he served with honor and distinction in the United States Navy (1951-1954).

In addition to his Stanford degrees, Dr. Hunter earned a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership from The University of San Francisco (1982).

Following his service in the Navy, Dr. Hunter became a social studies teacher and chair of the social studies department at Carlmont High School (1959-75). He then served as the school's director of student activities (1977-1986) and a vice principal (1986-1999).

Dr. Hunter may be best known as the originator of the Friends of Millard Fillmore Trivia Hunt in 1962. The hunt, which was designed to improve students' research and problem-solving skills, is still a highlight of the school year for Carlmont students.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene (Mori), three children and nine grandchildren.

As stated in The Almanac obituary, a memorial service will be held Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m., St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:

1) NMO (Neuromyelitis Optica) The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation www.guthyjacksonfoundation.org 8910 University Center Lane, STE 725 San Diego, CA 92122

2) Friends of Millard Fillmore (FOMF) Carlmont Academic Foundation Carlmont High School 1400 Alameda De Las Pulgas Belmont, CA 94002

3) Father Peter Pabst, President Sacred Heart Nativity School & Our Lady of Grace Nativity School 310 Edwards Avenue San Jose, CA 95110

For the full obituary, click here.

S July 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Goodbye Dr. Hunter, I hope all your questions are answered with a minimum of two sources!
Bill Mitchell July 26, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Dr. Hunter was a credit to his family, Carlmont High School and the Mid-Peninsula community. His work as an educator will always be missed by students and teachers alike.
George Metropulos July 27, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Dr. Hunter was a great man--a true "Top Scot!"
Tim Hoffman July 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
My wife and I figured out way too many years later that we both must have participated at the same time in a couple of Millard Fillmore hunts while we were at M-A and Gunn, respectively. Dr. Bob Hunter's hosting of the opening and closing sessions of the hunts were always enjoyable. RIP, Dr. Hunter.
mike beeson October 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Before the time of cell phones, email, and online resources, participating in FOMF Trivia Hunt was 48 hours of guaranteed great adventure as we raced around the bay in search of the obscure and hard-to-find. It often became a contest of Spy vs. Spy, swiping books from tables and employing counter-intelligence-like tactics to lead other teams astray. We didn't intend on learning or even winning most times but the race and court-like scoring event was something between Animal House and the Paper Chase and did teach me so much. A posthumous thank you to Dr Hunter. A great educator.

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