Alain E. Hunter
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.