Hunter Smith is a native of Martinsville, Virginia. She graduated in 1951 from The College of William & Mary with a major in Philosophy, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Hunter met Carl Smith (UVa ’51) and they were married in 1952 just before Carl went to Korea. When Carl returned he joined Anderson & Strudwick Investment Company in Richmond. Carl and Hunter lived in Richmond, Virginia, Greensboro, North Carolina and Wise, Virginia before settling in Charlottesville where Carl founded AMVEST Corporation in 1961. They raised three children, Carl V., Hunter Leigh and Stuart; Carl passed away in 2005.
Hunter has been a member of various boards including The Virginia Commission for the Arts, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The Paramount Theater. Hunter is also a longtime supporter of The Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Shelter for Help in Emergency and Camp Holiday Trails as well as many other local organizations.
Over the years, Carl and Hunter were strong supporters of the University of Virginia, both in Charlottesville and in Wise, where there are a number of buildings named in their honor. One of Hunter’s greatest pleasures is watching the UVa Cavalier Marching band, which she and Carl were instrumental in founding. Hunter is also a great supporter of her alma mater, The College of William and Mary. Hunter enjoys time in Charlottesville and Gulf Stream, Florida.