August 27, 1910 - March 31, 1993
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Friday, April 2, 1993
Havelock Hunter, who covered many of the most celebrated East Bay trials during 33 years of reporting for the Oakland Tribune, died Wednesday at the age of 82.
Mr. Hunter joined the Tribune in 1946 after serving on the Sacramento Union, the old Richmond Record-Herald, the Martinez Gazette and the Associated Press. While working for the wire service, he broke the news of the 1944 Port Chicago disaster, in which 320 died in an ammunition dump explosion.
He had an enviable reputation for his skill in reporting legal affairs in Alameda County, but he said he was proudest of his role in inspiring a safety campaign in 1951. Some 60,000 motorists signed pledges promising to drive safely after Mr. Hunter wrote an eyewitness account of the death of a 5-year-old boy in an automobile accident.
Mr. Hunter was a native of Oakland, a graduate of St. Mary's College and a longtime resident of Kensington. He died in Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Richmond following a brief illness.
He is survived by four children, Sally Brandt of San Jose, Thomas Hunter of Athens, Ga., Molly Umholtz of Santa Rosa and Joan Chadd of Corvallis, Ore.; 14 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.