Dr. Robert Bruce Hunter, Of Villa Park,

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 3rd, 2013


Dr. Robert Bruce Hunter was born on December 13, 1926 in Washington, DC and died on July 31, 2013 at the age of 86 at his home in Villa Park, Illinois.  He is survived by his wife Jo Duren-Sampson, his daughter Virginia M. Stack (Chuck), his grandson Timothy Robert Hunter and cousins Allan, Margaret Ann and CeCe Miller.  Dr. Hunter was married to Sallie Mitchell Hunter of Montreal, Canada, now deceased, for 54 years.  His son, Richard Hanson Hunter is deceased, as well as his sister-in-law Harriet Mitchell Outhet.  Robert is also survived by his two Canadian nephews Rickson (Jane) and Stephen Outhet, daughter-in-law Ann Hunter, step-sons Andrew Duren and Paul Duren, step-daughter Cathy Jones (Andy) and seven step-grandchildren.

Dr. Hunter attended St Albans School in Washington, DC through 12th grade and sang for the associated Washington Cathedral Boys Choir.  He graduated Cum Laude in 1944.  He went on to attend Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  While there, he continued to sing in the Bowdoin College Chapel Choir and Glee Club as well as participated in Beta Theta Pi.  Dr. Hunter graduated from Bowdoin College Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science, with Honors in Biology, in 1947.  Dr. Hunter proceeded to Medical School at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated in 1951.  He interned for the next two years in OB/GYN at Hopkins and in Internal Medicine at the US Public Health Service Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, respectively.   

Dr. Robert Hunter’s military service included both the Army during the last year of WW II, and Coast Guard in 1953 where he was medical doctor at sea on board the Mackinac, a Coast Guard Cutter.

While at Hopkins, Dr. Hunter met Sarah (Sallie) Mitchell, RN from Montreal, Canada.  They married in 1952 and shared 54 very happy years until her death in 2006.  They resided from 1954 – 2006 in Dearborn, Michigan where Dr Hunter spent the rest of his 37 year career as Senior Staff Physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  Dr. Hunter retired from the practice of medicine in 1991 at the age of 65.

Dr. Hunter moved to the Chicago area in 2007 and married his second wife Jo Duren-Sampson in 2008.  They shared 6 very happy years until his death.

On a more personal note, Bob loved life:  learning and experiencing everything about it.  He was a voracious reader, avid gardener, and great appreciator of the arts including being a painter, sculptor and photographer himself.  He loved to travel and see new and different places both nationally and internationally.  Robert will be remembered fondly for his warmth, caring, service, intelligence, knowledge, humor and humility.  His joy of making funny faces as well as wearing a wide selection of hats also will be remembered and cherished


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. To Jo, Gin & Chuck, Ann & Tim
    From Rick & Jane, on behalf of Steve, Mitch, Chris, Steff & Devin
    The first time I met Bob was when I was 4 when Bob & Sallie were visiting Harriet & Murray in Ottawa in 1952.
    Early in the morning in the guest bedroom I was delighted to be able to crawl into bed with Bob & Sallie and be received as a privileged and special person.
    Over the many visits and many decades that followed that first encounter I always felt an instant and special connection with Bob.
    Bob’s generosity, positive nature and willingness to enthusiastically engage with others without any negative sentiment was truly remarkable.
    I am reminded of Bob’s summer visits here at Mont Tremblant, where on one occasion he made a special low rail push bar and installed it on the front screen door of the cottage for Chris & Devin who at the time were barely out of diapers.
    Jane and I are also very thankful for Bob & Jo’s recent visits to see Harriet in Ottawa and our visit with Bob & Jo and Chuck & Gin in Chicago.
    To my favourite uncle a fond farewell – see you on the other side.

  2. Chuck & Ginny Stack says:

    We love you forever, Dad! Thanks for being such a wonderful father! Love, your daughter and son-in-law, Ginny and Chuck Stack

  3. sherry bryant john uhrich says:

    Dear Jo, Ginny and family: We knew Bob for such a short time but everytime we would get together we knew we were in the presence of a person who was so gentle, kind and sweet that we wanted to be better persons ourselves. His life was of so much service and dedication to others. His humility and good humor shown through every interaction and we know he will be always in our hearts. Peace and love to you all, Sherry and John

  4. Mary Dooley says:

    What a wonderful photo, and beautiful tribute! I will always remember Bob as a kind, gentle, soft-spoken, interested and interesting person, generous with his time and affection. I am reminded of the Winston Churchill quote, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give:” Bob Hunter made a wonderful life for himself by enriching the lives of those with whom he came into contact.

  5. Joan Mottys says:

    Dear Jo, Ginny and Chuck,
    The few times I was with Bob either at your home, Jo, or having dinner out, he was always gentle humorous and a great conversationalist. I know your loss is great. To Ginny and Chuck. I know your loss is no less great. From what you told me Ginny, he was a wonderful father.
    Peace and loov. Joan

  6. Susan Ed Branson says:

    Dear Jo,
    Sorry we were never able to meet Bob. Sounded like a nice man. We are so sorry for your loss Jo. Hopefully your few years together will leave you with many more happy memories.
    We would still love to see you if we ever get to Chicago. Our thoughts are with you.

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