Joseph Allen Hunter, 62, human resources specialist

September 22, 2005

Joseph Allen Hunter, a retired human resources specialist for Baltimore's public school system, died of cancer Saturday at Carroll Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 62.

Born in Philadelphia, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's in business administration from what is now Morgan State University. In later years, he received a master's in public administration from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Hunter served in the Marine Corps as a captain during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Da Nang.

He joined the city's school system about 30 years ago and became a staff director and human resources specialist, recruiting teachers and administrators. He retired two years ago.

He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Baltimore alumni chapter.

Family members said he collected classic cars, including Jaguars and Austin Healeys, favored stylish dress, and attended jazz concerts and festivals.

"He epitomized the cool cat," said his wife of 36 years, the former Anita Turks, an administrator of the Drinking Driver Monitor Program of the state's Division of Parole and Probation. "Joe's love of the good life was surpassed only by his love for his family and friends. His laugh was high-pitched, loud and piercing. It was unique."

A 6 p.m. wake and 7 p.m. memorial service will take place today at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Windsor Avenue and Hilton Street.

Survivors also include a son, Jeffrey Hunter of Philadelphia; a daughter, Kaliq Simms of Baltimore; and a cousin raised as a sister, Theondrus Anderson of Rosemont, Pa.

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