HUNTER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Dear friends and partners,
Our dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Thomas (Tom) Benton Hunter III, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2022, at the age of 93.
He lived a remarkable life, filled with love, adventure, spirit, and an enduring commitment to community. We know he touched many of your lives. We are grateful to each of you for being a bright spot in his life and for the kindness you showed him. He will be missed by many.
As the co-founder of the Hunter Family Foundation, Tom built a lasting and generous legacy to ensure individuals and families had the resources, opportunities, and services they need to thrive. We look forward to guiding that impactful work into the future.
We hope you will take a moment to read more about his life below.
Tom Hunter, Bill Hunter, and the Hunter Family
Lake Forest’s Thomas Benton Hunter III leaves behind a lasting legacy
of good character and the importance of community spirit
Lake Forest lost a good friend and an even better man on December 4, 2022. Thomas (Tom) Hunter III passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He was 93.
A strong sense of community was a driving force in Tom’s life, having been born to Thomas B. Hunter Jr. and Harriet Goodrow on May 20, 1929, in Evanston, Illinois. His father worked in the family business Thomas B. Hunter Associates, a sales organization in the radio and electronics sector—his mother would renovate homes the couple purchased and then sell them, something not at all typical of homemakers at the time. Young Tom lived in 10 different homes along the North Shore throughout his childhood.
Tom attended elementary school at what is now known as the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. It was here that he met his future wife, Maxine Mae Morrison, when they were in the sixth grade. The Hunters’ love story was one that would span seven decades.
After earning his pilot license and completing his studies at Kenyon College and Northwestern University and his time with the Army Military Reserves, Tom joined his father at Thomas B. Hunter Associates and worked there until he retired in 1989. He then went on to serve on bank boards in Illinois and Florida, including the Hyde Park Bank in Illinois—USAmeriBank, which was the first bank to be part of a multi-bank holding company in the state. USAmeriBank subsequently became JPMorgan Chase. Tom proudly served on these boards with his brother-in-law Harrison Steans.
Perhaps one of Hunter’s most meaningful accomplishments was the creation of the Hunter Family Foundation in 1994. It will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.
Initially, the Hunter Family Foundation invested in the arts, as it was a shared interest of Tom and Maxine. Yet, it wasn’t long before Tom found himself giving to more community-based initiatives like Lake Forest Open Lands, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Garden Conservancy, North Lawndale College Prep High School, Boca Grande Health Clinic, Boca Grande Community Center, and the Island Charter School.
Today, the mission of the Hunter Family Foundation is to improve lives in a long-term and sustainable way by supporting education, healthcare, economic development, and the environment in communities where members of the Hunter family live, work, and have philanthropic interests. It is the foundation’s belief that “families should have equitable opportunities to learn, play, and grow in the communities they call home.”
One of Tom’s favorite volunteer organizations was the Lake Forest Garden Club. He was an honorary member—and the only man invited to belong to this all-women club.
A competitive sailor (including participating in the Race to Mackinac) and racquet sports player from a young age, it wasn’t until later in Tom’s life that he deliberately set out to explore new interests like traveling, photography, camping, and hunting.
Thomas Benton Hunter III is survived by his wife of 70 years, Maxine; sons Thomas B. Hunter (Tsch) of Lake Forest, Willard M. Hunter (Lori) of Lake Bluff, grandchildren Thomas Ruffin Hunter, Tscharner de Graffenried Hunter (Alex Tonelli), Benjamin James Hunter, Peter Morrison Hunter (Sara), Willard King Hunter; great grandchildren Brannen Marie Tonelli, Nicholas Hunter Tonelli, Mae de Graffenried Tonelli, Owen George Hunter, and Charles Louis Hunter.
Memorial contributions can be made in Thomas B. Hunter III’s name to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and Chicago Botanic Garden.
Dear friends and partners,
Please join us in welcoming two new members to the Hunter Family Foundation (HFF) team! Asia Canady is our Program and Partnerships Manager, and Satori Bailey is our Program and Impact Manager. Their new positions will help HFF maximize efforts to understand and solve social problems, strengthen assets, drive innovation, and use our collective resources more strategically. Asia will guide our Education and Environment granting programs and Satori will shepherd our Workforce Development and Health granting programs. Satori and Asia will also co-create and engage in exciting collaborative opportunities to enhance and sustain community systems. We look forward to their compassionate and thoughtful leadership, which they have demonstrated throughout their careers.
Prior to joining HFF, Satori (she/her) served as the Illinois Executive Director at America Needs You (ANY), where she led the growth and expansion of the Illinois site’s career development fellowship program for first-generation college students. Prior to ANY, Satori served as the Director of Asset Building Programs at the Center for Economic Progress, where she led the state’s largest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program serving over 18,000 individuals and families across the state of Illinois. She developed an innovative tax savings program and volunteer-led financial coaching program that were nationally recognized. She was also a proud Steering Committee member of the national Taxpayer Opportunity Network organized by Prosperity Now. Satori received her bachelor’s degree in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.
Asia (she/her) previously served as the Chief of Staff at the Chicago Public Education Fund, an early childhood legislative advocate in Illinois at Start Early, an elementary school teacher at the Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem in New York City, and an environmental policy specialist in California. Asia is the Vice-Chair of the Associates Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, an alumna of the Chicago chapter of the New Leaders Council, and an inaugural Rustandy Center Non-Profit Strategy and Finance fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College, a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Below are brief notes of introduction from Satori and Asia. We are thrilled to work with them and can’t wait for you to get to know them.
The Hunter Family Foundation Board of Directors
Frank Baiocchi, Executive Director
My personal mantra: When I was in the classroom, I focused on preparing my students for the world. Now that I have transitioned out of the classroom, my mission centers on preparing the world for them.
I am incredibly grateful to join Frank, Satori, and the Hunter family to support communities in building systems that will allow them to thrive! This work--our work—is as much personal as it is professional for me, and I am eager to join all of you in the process of co-creation, collaboration, and community building. ~Asia (email@example.com)
I am thrilled to be joining the HFF team and community to help build a more equitable and just world for us all. I look forward to being a partner in this important work, with everyone from students and teachers to program directors and peer funders, as we learn, strategize, and execute together to create the sustainable change and collective impact we need. ~ Satori (firstname.lastname@example.org)