Family-Placed Death Notice
HUNSINGER, John JOHN HUNSINGER There is no better way to sum up the life of John Hunsinger than the words written by Gene Asher in his book "Legends, Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams". In his opening paragraph describing John he states "Athlete, Musician, Dancer, Family man, Champion of Charitable Causes, Civic minded citizen, successful businessman and host with the most on the ball. John Stewart Hunsinger, native Atlantan is all of these."
Mr. Hunsinger passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2010. He is married to the former Kathleen Taylor Blalock; their lives have been blessed with two wonderful sons; Johnathan Christopher Hunsinger, a recent graduate of Presbyterian College and Matthew Stewart Hunsinger, a senior at the Lovett School in Atlanta. John grew up in West End in a one bedroom house he shared with his mother, grandparents and 2 uncles. John is a 1954 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned his Masters' Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1955. He twice received the top academic award in the industrial engineering department. He graduated as the most outstanding senior in his class.
Prior to entering Georgia Tech he was a high school all city, all state, all southern and honorable mention all American fullback in Brown High School in Atlanta. He was the Atlanta Touchdown selection as the most valuable back for the state of Georgia in 1949. He also played baseball and basketball as well as trumpet in the school band. He was a straight "A" student and valedictorian of his class. Entering Georgia Tech in 1950 he was a member of the undefeated freshman football team; he played on the undefeated varsity football team of 1952 which was declared national football champion by International News Service after their Sugar Bowl victory. He also played as a starter on the successful bowl bound team of 1953 and 1954 in which Georgia Tech won another Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl game.
Mr. Hunsinger was selected to the Academic and SAE All American Teams in 1954; his other honors included TTau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, president of Omnicron Delta Kappa (ODK) and ANAK. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; he maintained top academic grades and was on the dean's list throughout his entire college career.
After working for several years following his graduation as an Industrial Engineer and completing a 2 year stint as an officer in the US Army, he joined Pope and Carter and Company of Atlanta as a real estate salesman in 1961. During his third year with the company, he won the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club Award for selling a million dollar's worth of property in one calendar year. After winning the award for 3 straight years, he became a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club.
In 1966 he was promoted to Secretary of the firm and rose to Vice President in 1967. The same year he became President of the firm's Development, Construction, Leasing and Management of Industrial Warehouses and Office Parks in the Southeast for the partnership; including Trammell Crow of Dallas, Texas and Ewell Pope and Frank Carter of Atlanta. In 1969 he formed his own real estate and development company, John Hunsinger & Company.
In 1980 Mr. Hunsinger was elected as a charter member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Prestigious Phoenix Million Dollar Club, which signifies 10 years as a million dollar producer. In 1985 he was elected Silver Phoenix, he was elected President of the Atlanta Board of Realtors in 1982. He was an individual member of the prestigious International Professional Network, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (ISOR).
No one has given more to the culture or charitable needs of Atlanta than John Hunsinger; he was President and Chairman of the Atlanta Union Mission; he served on the Board of Trustees for Scottish Rite Hospital (now Children's Healthcare of Atlanta) and ran the Scottish Rite Hospital Festival for years where his sports promotion raised more than one million dollars for the hospital; served on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well as singing for the symphony under the legendary Robert Shaw. He was a long standing member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the French-American Chamber; Martin Luther King Historical District; the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Atlanta; Atlanta Urban League; Atlanta Touchdown Club where was selected as 18th honorary lifetime member; Georgia Tech Athletic Association, where he was inducted in Georgia Tech's Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
He was honored with the Georgia Tech Distinguished Alumni Award for Georgia Tech Industrial Systems and Engineering. He was a member of Cherokee Town and Country Club, the Sea Pines Country Club, a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church.
The family will receive friends Sunday, October 31 from 1 until 3 o'clock at Patterson's Spring Hill. A memorial service will be held Monday at 2 o'clock St. Luke's Episcopal Church with a reception following in the Parish Hall. In addition to his wife and 2 sons, he is survived by 3 children by a previous marriage; John, Jr., Hall, and Robbie Lynn Hunsinger, many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother Helen Herzberg Hunsinger. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alexander Tharpe Fund at Georgia Tech; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta or a charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be made at hmpatterson springhill.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from October 27 to October 28, 2010