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.
“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.”