George Everett Hunt Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who was active in Masonic affairs, died Sunday of cancer at his Rosedale home. He was 78.
Born in New Orleans, Mr. Hunt was adopted at age 3 and moved with his new family to the New York area.
He attended public schools there, and he also studied clarinet - later playing that instrument and saxophone briefly with the New York Symphony Orchestra and New Orleans Opera Orchestra, said his wife of 56 years, the former Kathleen L. Budd.
His family moved to Yazoo City, Miss., where Mr. Hunt graduated from high school.
He attended Tulane University for a year and came to Baltimore in 1949.
During the Korean War, Mr. Hunt served with the Naval Reserve at Fort McHenry, where he was an electronics instructor.
Working for several companies as a draftsman and mechanical engineer, Mr. Hunt lived briefly in Newark, Del., while employed there at the old Chrysler tank plant in the mid-1950s.
He settled in Rosedale in 1959 and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1965 from McCoy College, the old Johns Hopkins University engineering school.
Mr. Hunt worked for 18 years for American Standard, the appliance-supplies manufacturer, another 18 years for the Koppers Co. subsidiary Environmental Elements and finally for American Cyanamid before retiring in the early 1990s.
He was a 32nd-degree Mason and had been master of the Masons' Mount Nebo Lodge in 1995, and in recent years he had been chairman of the board for Maryland Masonic Homes.
Mr. Hunt was a member of the Boumi Temple and served as project manager on construction of a headquarters building that was built in White Marsh in the 1990s.
During the 1960s, he sang with the Chorus of the Chesapeake.
Mr. Hunt, who had been active in the Sierra Club and was an avid hiker, hiked segments of the Appalachian Trail with his wife. He was also a woodworker and enjoyed building bookcases, toys and Nativity sets.
He attended Perry Hall United Methodist Church, 9515 Belair Road, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.
Also surviving are two sons, George E. Hunt III of Reston, Va., and Robert L. Hunt of Manchester; a daughter, Karen Rose Hunt of Rosedale; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.