George and his wife, Mary Alice, moved into a retirement home in Florida a year after his retirement from the Outlook editorship, in 1989.
His service to Presbyterian life is distinguished and ongoing.
Hunt graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1943 and married Mary Alice Minear that same year. The year before he had organized a church in Wilmington, Del., and served that church until 1948 when he went on the staff of the Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church in the USA as associate in adult work. A year later he became the editor of adult curriculum.
His first book, Rediscovering the Church was a selection of the Religious Book Club. He continued to edit the curriculum magazine, Crossroads and wrote Bible studies for Presbyterian Women. He co-authored a church officer-training program conducted by the Board of Christian Education.
In 1963, after serving as executive secretary for the Consultation on Church Union, he took the pastorate of the Fanwood Church in N.J.
In 1978 he was called as editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, retiring in 1988.
The Hunts heard about Florida Presbyterian Homes through Mary Alice’s brother, Robert Minear, who was the treasurer of The Homes and a resident. Repeated visits there convinced them to move to Florida.
George and Mary Alice took active roles at Westminster Church in Lakeland. They joined a community now with 300 residents living in a variety of housing options, and with different levels of care.
He returned quickly to what he had done for so many years: preaching often at Vespers, writing a history of The Homes, editing the monthly news magazine, serving as librarian, and teaching.
“I also joined the ‘Not Yet Dead Theologians Society,’” he quips with a broad grin. The group often meets to discuss a theological topic of interest.
Mary Alice, a professional church soloist, became involved in the choir, the choral group, and was soloist for many Homes activities. She died in 2001.
George continued to live in their chosen home. He later met one of the new residents, Ruth Boynton, and they fell in love and married on April 2, 2005.
After two hip replacement surgeries, George felt the need to move to the Health Center for the care he now needs. He keeps his computer handy alongside his favorite chair.
Ruth moved to an apartment near the health center. She and George share devotions each day and eat together. They continue to worship together, sometimes at Westminster Church, and sometimes in the chapel.
“We both love reading,” the former editor says, but “I especially love when Ruth reads to me,” a regular evening habit.
LA DONNA SCRUGGS is pastor at Lakeland Presbyterian Homes (Fla.) and a minister member of Tampa Bay Presbytery.