Fuller Theological Seminary celebrates the life of Richard A. Hunt, longtime faculty member of the School of Psychology, who passed away on Sunday, March 20. Dr. Hunt had served as a professor of psychology in the Department of Clinical Psychology since 1985.
“Along with his wife, Joan, Richard Hunt was a pioneer in couples work, with numerous publications that included the marriage manual for the United Methodist Church,” said School of Psychology Dean Mari Clements. “In his own life, Richard exemplified the match between academic contributions and practical applications.”
“With his passing, Fuller’s School of Psychology has lost one of its staunch supporters and ardent ambassadors. He will be deeply missed.”
Over his long tenure at Fuller, Dr. Hunt published and presented in the areas of marriage preparation, education, enrichment, and assessment as well as in clergy assessment and support. His more notable publications include Marriage Enrichment: Preparation, Mentoring, and Outreach (1998, with Larry Hof and Rita DeMaria), for which he was lead author.
An ordained United Methodist minister who served for 13 years as a pastor, Dr. Hunt was the lead author of the first six editions of the denomination’s Candidacy Guidebook(sixth edition, 2000), which continues to set forth the basic process used by all candidates seeking entry into the United Methodist ministry. He and his wife, Joan, coauthored both the Caring Couples Network Handbook (1996) and Growing Love in Christian Marriage (revised edition, 2003), the denomination's official marriage manual.
“Richard was a champion for marital relationships, clergy assessment, and integration, with a commitment to relationship education and premarital counseling that was appreciated by many,” said Jim Furrow, Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller. “He was an early collaborator between the divisions of Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family at Fuller, and a visionary who offered his encouragement to other faculty to believe that Fuller could do and be more than what it was. Richard was a gift to our mission as a seminary.”
Dr. Hunt earned his PhD from Texas Christian University, MDiv and MA from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (SMU), and BA from Texas Wesleyan College. Prior to joining Fuller’s School of Psychology, he taught at Texas Wesleyan and SMU. He was a licensed psychologist and ABPP Diplomate, life member of the American Psychological Association, fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
The prayers of the Fuller Seminary community go out to Dr. Hunt’s family: his wife, Joan, two sons, five grandchildren, and one great grandson. His contributions were many and he will be deeply missed.
Watch Dr. Hunt offer comments in a panel discussion at the School of Psychology’s 50th anniversary celebration
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