Board Spotlight: Judge Robert C. "Bob" Hunter ’66

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We are privileged to have Judge Bob Hunter '66 serving on our NC Delta Alumni Board. After writing more than 1,500 opinions, helping to build highways across North Carolina, expanding natural gas across the state and working to establish the Lake James State Park, Bob retired in 2014 from the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Click below to read more about Bob’s SigEp days, his career and his family.

We are privileged to have Judge Bob Hunter ’66 serving on our NC Delta Alumni Board. After writing more than 1,500 opinions, helping to build highways across North Carolina, expanding natural gas across the state and working to establish the Lake James State Park, Bob retired in 2014 from the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Read below to learn more about Bob’s SigEp days, his career and his family.

What are your fondest memories of being a SigEp?
Since I pledged my junior year, I only had two years as a SigEp. The most memorable times are a pledge class scavenger hunt to Myrtle Beach and trips to visit SigEp houses at Kentucky and Maryland. The times I would like to forget are eating (pork and beans, etc.) without utensils and pinging off the walls (thus the nickname, “Bullet”). Then, there were the good times with my brothers. Our leaders (now deceased) were President John “Thumb” Ingram ’66 (yes, he still sucked his thumb) and Vice President Sandy “Baldo” O’Quinn ’66 (for obvious reasons). My best memory was participating in the surprise initiation of Jimmy Strayhorn ’67 at the end of his senior year.

What inspired you to play a more active part in the life of NC Delta as a board member?
While at the house for UNC football games (the alumni parking is a good perk), I became friends with our chapter counselor, Scott Manning. I invited him to join my Rotary Club of Raleigh, which he did. He explained to me the need to reorganize the NC Delta Alumni Board and invited me to be a part of it, which I accepted. I had previously served on the alumni board while in law school at Carolina and for several years thereafter.

What would you say are your life’s biggest successes?
My biggest accomplishments are serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives for almost 18 years and serving on the North Carolina Court of Appeals for over 16 years. I also was honored to serve as chairman of the Council of State Governments and chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference.

On the contrary, what would you say are your biggest failures or regrets? What did you learn from them?
My biggest regret is not being elected Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. I came very close twice as I did in my attempt to be elected to the North Carolina Supreme Court. I learned that luck and timing are critical sometimes to reaching a goal and that life is not always fair.

What about your membership in NC Delta Chapter makes you the most proud?
I am proud to be around the current brothers at NC Delta. The “balanced man” concept has brought together a group of young men who not only enjoy having a good time but also are committed to being a big part of their Carolina community as they prepare for the careers and lives after UNC.

If you could go back and relive one SigEp moment, what would it be?
Since I only pledged my junior year and served as a dorm resident advisor, I could not live in the SigEp house. I feel like I missed out on a big part of my SigEp experience. I would have loved to have lived in the SigEp house for at least one year.

Tell us a little bit about your professional life, family and interests.
After graduating from UNC Law School, I returned to my hometown of Marion, N.C., to practice law for 29 years with a firm I co-founded. I was the McDowell County Attorney for 24 years of my practice and served as president of my local and district bar associations and on the board and Executive Committee of the NC Bar Association. My wife, Nancy, and I have been married almost 45 years and have raised two wonderful daughters, Megan and Claire. (Nancy gets most of the credit since I was in Raleigh most of the week while they were at home.) We also have two lovely granddaughters, Elle and Lucy, in Florida, whom we do not get to see enough. My interests include serving on the boards of Friends of Lake James State Park, Inc. (I was involved in establishing this park while in the legislature), and South Mountain Children’s Services, Inc. I enjoy Carolina football and basketball, playing golf and, recently, playing pickle ball.

What advice would you give the younger "you"?
My advice to a younger “me” would be to be responsible, honest, caring and determined. These goals have helped me to achieve the success I have had professionally and personally.

What do you want people to remember about you 50 years from now?
Fifty years from now, I would hope my work to build highways across North Carolina (Highway Trust Fund Legislation), expand natural gas (Natural Gas Expansion Fund) into rural areas and establish the Lake James State Park will be remembered as significant contributions I helped make to improve our community and state. I also hope I would be remembered as someone who always tried to do the right thing and make life better for other people.

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