Alan Hunter, 80, died peacefully June 21. Alan was born in Pawtucket, R.I., on April 1, 1934. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Rhode Island and his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. He then spent his entire career at the University of Minnesota, where he was a respected professor and a researcher in the Animal Science Department. Before retiring, he held the position of associate dean of student affairs.
He authored and contributed to hundreds of papers and was known in his field throughout the world. He received numerous awards from the university, including the Morris Award.
Alan enjoyed being a member of St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church, where he volunteered for more than 50 years in different leadership roles. He loved playing and coaching hockey and softball, fishing and spending time at the cabin with his family. He also loved playing golf and always looked forward to yearly golf weekends with dear friends. The family sends a special thank you to family friend Affy Demo, who helped care for Alan the last two years.
Alan is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Beth (Bob) Willinger; son, David (Lucie); sister, Nancy (Fred) Aparicio of Rhode Island; and four grandsons.
A memorial to celebrate Alan’s life was held July 7 at St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church. Memorials may be sent to the church or to the University of Minnesota Foundation (Animal Science Department).