Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Return to Pittsburgh the Hunts' Foundation Gift Will Have an Impact

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Return to Pittsburgh the Hunts' Foundation Gift Will Have an Impact

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Richard Hunt left Pittsburgh six decades ago and eventually made a life in Boston. But he and his wife, Priscilla Hunt, just donated $15 million to the Pittsburgh Foundation, the largest one-time gift to the nonprofit from a living donor.

Which only goes to show that you can take the boy out of Pittsburgh, but you can't always take Pittsburgh out of the boy.

At 89, Mr. Hunt is well beyond the boy who grew up in an East End mansion, but he is still the grandson of Alfred Hunt, who in the late 19th century co-founded the Pittsburgh Reduction Co., which built an experimental smelter on Smallman Street and morphed into the Aluminum Company of America in 1907. His father was Roy A. Hunt, who rose from clerk to chairman of Alcoa by the time it was the world's aluminum giant.

Unlike others in the family, Richard Hunt was drawn to academia and had a long and distinguished career at Harvard University, but it wasn't enough to sever the connection he had with Pittsburgh. …

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