Washington Historical Society Board of Directors recently honored its
inaugural recipient of the Washington Roots award, David R. Hunt, Ph.D.
Hunt was honored Saturday, September 26th, at an open-house in his name
at the Dement Zinser home. Just days before that, he spoke to a packed
house at the Washington Library on his career as the Physical
Anthropology Collections Manager for the Department of Anthropology at
the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History,
Thursday, September 24th. He also rode in the 2013 Washington Community
High School Homecoming Parade.
The inaugural award was established to honor someone with “roots” in
Washington who has made a significant contribution to society in the
area of business, arts, science, government, sports, and charitable
work, regardless of where they currently reside. Nominations were
accepted during the early part of 2013 and a committee recently selected
a recipient from the nominations received.
Earning his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee,
Hunt currently holds the position of Physical Anthropology Collections
Manager for the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian
Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. He is also a Board
Certified Forensic Anthropologist, of which there is less than 100
currently in the United States.
“The Washington Historical Society is proud that our first recipient
of the Washington Roots Award is a person of such high caliber, who has
achieved so much in a very interesting field,” said WHS Board President,
Bev Riggins. Hunt is the son of Jim & Arlys Hunt and grew up in the
City of Washington, being an alumnus of Washington Community High
School. He began his college studies at the University of Illinois,
receiving two degrees, and from there attended the University of
Tennessee, where he graduated with both his M.A. and Ph.D. in physical
anthropology. “Hunt also spends his time in volunteer efforts, which we,
as a non-profit organization, commend,” Riggins added.
Working in Washington D.C., Hunt also holds the title of “on call”
forensic anthropologist for the medical examiner’s office and the
metropolitan police, and does some work as a consultant to the Historic
Preservation Office. In addition, he is the forensic anthropology
consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Through his diligent work, he has helped the organization successfully
identify the remains of many missing children. On the side, Hunt also
gives lectures and has authored many books on the important issues to
the field of anthropology.
For more information about the award, this event, or the Society,
please contact Bev Riggins, WHS President, at 309-303-5470.
Content by Elyse Nicholson