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Eleanor M. Hunter

October 19, 1947 ~ November 16, 2019 (age 72)


Eleanor Ann Mitchell Hunter was born October 19, 1947, in Orlando, Florida, and died November 16, 2019, in Washington, D.C. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Orlando, Florida, as were three generations of her family before her. In Tallahassee, a devoted Episcopalian, she was a member of St. Michael and All Angels and St. John's Episcopal Church. Her parents, Clara Clarke Leacraft and Thomas Watson Mitchell, predeceased her.

She attended Jones High School in Orlando; graduated with highest honors from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina; received an M. A. Certificate from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and Bologna, Italy; and a J. D. Degree with highest honors from the Florida State University College of Law in 1975. While in college, she spent a summer studying comparative governments at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and attended lectures at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She worked at the United States Department of State, Washington, D. C., in the Office of the United Nations Development Programs of the Agency for International Development. Before she attended law school, she taught Political Science at Prairie View A&M University (Texas) and at Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida). While in law school, she interned with the Judiciary Committees of the Florida Legislature and with Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton. She later clerked for Florida Supreme Court Justices Alan Sundberg, Joseph Boyd, and Arthur J. England, Jr.; served as assistant general counsel to Florida Governor Reubin Askew. A former Executive Director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, she was an Administrative Law Judge at the Division of Administrative Hearings at the time of her retirement in 2011.

She is survived by her children, Ellen Claire Hunter, Lora Rose Hunter and her husband, Westley Dargan, and Henry Clarke Hunter and his wife, Aris Generette; her grandson, James Generette Hunter; her step-sister and step-brother, Valycia Mitchell Beacham and Thomas Mitchell II; her first cousins, Sharon Celia Clarke and Robert William Clarke and his wife, Mary Elizabeth; and Vicki Elaine Felder.

Services will be held on Friday, December 6th at 3pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 211 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. Interment and a jazz reception will follow at St. John's.

Memorial contributions to the Eleanor Mitchell Hunter Fund at the Jones High School Foundation may be sent online by going to, or by mail to PO Box 555427, Orlando, Florida 32855.

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