Margaret Hunt Hill

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Margaret Hunt Hill
Born 1915
Lake Village, Arkansas
Died 2007
Dallas, Texas
Education Mary Baldwin College
Occupation philanthropist
Religion Presbyterian
Spouse(s) Albert Galatyn Hill, Sr.
Children
  • Lyda Hill
  • Alinda Wiker
  • Albert Galatyn Hill, Jr.
  • Caroline Hunt
  • Nelson Bunker Hunt
  • William Herbert Hunt
Parents H. L. Hunt and Lyda Bunker

Margaret Hunt Hill (1915–2007) was an American heiress and philanthropist.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Margaret Hunt Hill was born on October 19, 1915 in Lake Village, Arkansas.[1][2] Her father was H. L. Hunt (1889–1974) and her mother, Lyda Bunker (1889-1955).[3][4][5] She had six siblings: Caroline Rose Hunt (born 1923), H. L. Hunt III (1917-2005), Lyda Bunker Hunt (born and died in 1925), Nelson Bunker Hunt (born 1926), William Herbert Hunt (1929), and Lamar Hunt (1932-2006).

She grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas and Tyler, Texas, and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1938.[2] She graduated from Mary Baldwin College, a private women's college in Staunton, Virginia.[2]

Career[edit]

She worked as an assistant for her father, until she got married.[2]

Together with her husband, she built two luxury resorts in Colorado Springs, Colorado: the Garden of the Gods Club and the Kissing Camels Club.[2] She also landscaped the Falcon Stadium of the United States Air Force Academy in 1962.[2]

Philanthropy[edit]

She served as a Treasurer of the Dallas Junior League, President of the Dallas Women's Club, as well as Chairman of the Dallas Easter Seals and the Dallas Society for Crippled Children.[2]

She founded the Dallas Heritage Society, where she served as a Director throughout her life.[2] She also served as Vice President of the Dallas Historical Society.[2] From 1981 to 1987, she served on the Governor's Texas Historical Society, and from 1981 to 1988, as a Treasurer of the Friends of the Governor's Mansion.[2] Together with Van Cliburn (1934–2013), she served as co-Chairman of the 60th Anniversary of the Discovery of the East Texas Oil Field. The ceremony was held at the East Texas Oil Field Museum, which she helped create.

She sat on the Board of Directors of the Garden Club of America.[2] Moreover, she founded the Kissing Camels Garden Club and served as President of the Junior League Garden Club and the Founders Garden Club.[2]

Additionally, she founded the Dallas Cotillion, an annual debutante ball in Dallas.[2] She also served as the Queen of the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas in 1935.[2]

In 1991, together with her sister Caroline, she paid for the restoration of Hilltop, an 1810 building on the campus of Mary Baldwin College which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

She was a recipient of the 1990 Flora Award, the Zone IX Creative Leadership Award from the Garden Club of America, the National Philanthropy Award from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1996, the Award for Excellence from the Dallas Historical Society in 1999, the Gertrude Shelburne Award from Planned Parenthood, the Family of the Year Award from the YWCA in 2000, and an honorary degree from her alma mater, Mary Baldwin College.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Albert Galatyn Hill, Sr. (1904-1988).[1] They had three children:

She died on June 14, 2007 in Dallas, Texas.[1] Her funeral service was held at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas.[5] She was buried in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.[1]

Legacy[edit]

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is named in her honor.[4][5]

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