Alain E. Hunter


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Megan Buerger

Alain E. Hunter, 81, a pro­gram man­ager and ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist at the Air Force’s Of­fice of Small Busi­ness Pro­grams, died Nov. 29 at his home in the District. He had lung dis­ease.

Dr. Hunter spent 15 years as a se­nior staff mem­ber of the Air Force agency be­fore re­tir­ing in Oc­to­ber 2010. He led the Air Force Sci­ence, Technology, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics Pro­gram and ad­min­is­tered out­reach pro­grams with his­tor­i­cally black col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

He co-de­vel­oped the Air Force Flight Aware­ness Sum­mer Train­ing Pro­gram at Delaware State Uni­ver­sity, which seeks to se­cure equal fly­ing time for mi­nor­ity pi­lots.

Be­fore work­ing for the Air Force, Dr. Hunter spent six years as the deputy tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor for mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tional re­search and train­ing at the Bureau of Naval Per­son­nel.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he taught at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land and Ge­orge Washington Uni­ver­sity schools of ed­u­ca­tion.

Alain Ed­ward Hunter was a Washington na­tive and a grad­u­ate of the old Arm­strong Tech­ni­cal High School in the District. He joined the Army Sig­nal Corps shortly af­ter grad­u­a­tion and re­tired as lieu­tenant colonel in 1972 af­ter 20 years of ac­tive ser­vice.

His mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded the Le­gion of Merit and the Army Com­men­da­tion Medal.

Af­ter his mil­i­tary ca­reer, Dr. Hunter at­tended Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity, where he re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1973 and a mas­ter’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion in 1974. He went on to re­ceive a doc­tor­ate in ed­u­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois in 1980.

Dr. Hunter was a mem­ber of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the District and a past pres­i­dent of the Penn State Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 40 years, Ju­dith Scott-Hunter of Washington; two chil­dren, Ju­laine Hunter of Frisco, Tex., and Alain Hunter of Colum­bus, Ohio; and four grand­chil­dren.

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