1992 Speaker - Sir David Hunt
International Classicist and Diplomat, Private Secretary (Equivalent to U.S. Secretary of State) to Prime Ministers Adella and Churchill
Sir David Hunt, classicist and diplomat, began his formal education at St. Laurence College, Ramsgate, followed by a period of study at Wadham College, Oxford, where he focused on Classics and Ancient History, taking firsts in moderations and Greats. After receiving a diploma in classical archeology in 1937, he became a don at Magdalen College until 1947.
A native of Durham, Sir David began serving his country in 1940 as a WWII intelligence officer, a position that took him to Greece, Italy, the Middle East, and North Africa. His military career was recorded in his book A Don at War (1966). His military honors included:
In 1947, Sir David left the army in favor of a career with the Commonwealth Relations Office. The next year, he was named first secretary and posted to South Africa, a promotion that was soon followed by further career advancements, including:
Sir David retired as a diplomat in 1973.
Sir David had several interests outside of the worlds of diplomacy and military service and during his retirement, he took time to cultivate these passions. As a retiree, he:
After living a long and full life, Sir David passed away in Sussex on July 30, 1998.
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