Dr. Delores Cawthon Hunt
Dr. Hunt had many noteworthy achievements and outstanding contributions. She left an inspiring legacy of perseverance, service and generosity. Upon her death in 2007, Coppin received a bequest in the amount of $109,000 which was added to her existing endowment.
The Life of Dr. Delores Cawthon Hunt
Born in Early County, Georgia in 1909 of indigent parents, and under extreme practices of segregation, Dr. Delores Cawthon Hunt did not know she was supposed to adhere to certain restrictions. She was not aware that, though endowed with a keen mind and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, these were attributes to be smothered, ignored and deemed as non-existing.
Leaving Georgia in search of medical treatment for her right leg, Dr. Hunt was enrolled as a fifth grader in the Baltimore Public School System. Due to an extended period of hospitalization she lost a lot of time from school. In spite of that, she ultimately graduated as Valedictorian from Frederick Douglass High School in 1929. She later graduated as Valedictorian from Coppin in 1931.
She began teaching in the Baltimore City Public School System in the Elementary Division. While teaching, she enrolled in evening classes at Morgan State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1937. She earned a Master's from New York University in 1942. And lastly, a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958. She earned all three degrees with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude.
Dr. Hunt believed that the duty to civic responsibility is a part of becoming educated. Her career in the field of education includes elementary school teacher, demonstration teacher, vice principal, principal and college professor. She also fulfilled her civic duty by serving with several organizations like the Urban League, NAACP, American Cancer Society, the United Negro College Fund and Girl Scouts of America.