This story first appeared on The Dallas Morning News

Peppard: Nancy Ann Hunt reveals her secret failing at SMU event honoring her and husband, Ray Hunt

By: Alan Peppard

26 February 2013 

Monday, when SMU honored civic leaders Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt with one of the university’s highest awards, the soft-spoken Mrs. Hunt felt she couldn’t accept without first cleansing herself of a secret.

The occasion was the presentation of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award.

“I think I need to put something out on the table before I accept this award,” Mrs. Hunt said in front of a crowd that included her children and grandchildren.

She explained that in her entire scholastic career, she only failed two courses. In the 9th grade, she flunked typing.

The second?

“At SMU, I failed a course called Basic Ethics,” she said to much laughter from the crowd at the Belo Mansion filled with Dallas’ most august names—many of whom had also failed a course or two in their past.

“It was the only time that my father, a federal judge, questioned my focus and my academic performance,” she said. “With this in mind, today is a day full of redemption.”

 

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