John Conway Hunt – Commander,United States Navy

From a contemporary press report


John Conway Hunt, 90, a retired Navy Commander who was a lawyer for the Federal Maritime Commission from the 1960s until retiring in the 1970s, died November 11, 2002, at the Montgomery Hospice Casey House in Rockville, Maryland. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Commander Hunt was born in Bethesda and raised there and in Rockville and Washington. He lived in Bethesda from the 1950s until moving to Chevy Chase in the late 1990s.

He was a 1930 graduate of Western High School and received a law degree from Southeastern University.

In the 1930s, he worked as a teller at the old American Security and Trust branch in the basement of the Treasury Building.

He served in the Navy from 1942 until retiring in 1954 as a Commander. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1972.

During World War II, he commanded blimps on anti-submarine patrols on the Caribbean and along the Atlantic Coast. During the Korean War, he was commanding officer of the Military Sea Transportation Service in Inchon and also served as a negotiator during POW exchanges.

He was an administrator for the Montgomery County civil defense office in the 1950s and later sold real estate for the W.C.&A.N. Miller firm in Washington.

Commander Hunt also was an amateur local historian. He had served as president of the Aztec Club of 1847 and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Loyal Legion of the United States and the American Legion.

He was a member of the Chevy Chase Club.

His wife of 56 years, Margaret Lansdowne Hunt, died in 1997.

Survivors include a son, Conway Hunt of Burke; four daughters, Betsy Hunt of Anchorage, Robyn Hunt of Antioch, Calif., Patricia Hunt of Silver Spring and Julia Hunt of Alexandria; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 06/01/1940 – 07/21/1954
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 03/09/1912
  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/11/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/17/2002

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