On this Patriot Day, the American School remembers not only the lives lost 12 years ago today but also a patriot of our own. American Trustee and President Emeritus William H. Hunding, himself a veteran of the United States Army, passed away on Sunday, September 8.
During his 39-year career with the American School, Mr. Hunding served as Guidance Counselor and Treasurer before becoming the School’s sixth President in 1992, an office he would hold until he retired in 2006. After his retirement, he remained a Trustee and continued his active participation in the School's scholarship program. He was also a member and one-time President of the Distance Education and Training Council, which is based in Washington, D.C.
On the occasion of his retirement, Mr. Hunding remarked, “It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with the dedicated and very professional staff of the American School. The most rewarding part has been knowing that we have helped millions of students to achieve their goal of knowledge to be productive contributors to society.” He went on to say that “a task that was a pleasure instead of work was the personal touch of hand-signing thousands of American School diplomas.”
The American School, however, wasn’t Mr. Hunding’s first career. After graduating from Coe College and shortly thereafter completing his military obligation, he served as Secretary/Treasurer of his family business, Hunding Dairy, until the dairy closed in 1967. At that time, Mr. Hunding, in his words, “decided to try my hand at providing another kind of nutrition. This time, for the brain…" Those of us who worked with him on a daily basis, as well as the thousands of students for whom he provided leadership, are glad he did.
If you wish to make a donation in Mr. Hunding’s memory, his family asks you support Amy’s Lemonade Stand, which benefits a 5-year-old family friend who is battling cancer. Checks may be sent to Amy’s Lemonade Stand, 10360 Allen Street, Crown Point, IN 46307, or you may make a donation online at www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/amy-s-lemonade/77159.