VOLUNTEER CENTER

An exceptional postlude to a long career

David Hunter, M.D., retired University of Minnesota Medical School professor and interventional radiologist, typically volunteers more than 200 hours annually by participating in University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) opportunities, including Help at Your Door and Academic Integrity Matters (AIM), and various University research studies. His current volunteering also includes serving as treasurer of the URVC Management Committee. 

“I do it because it makes me feel good, “Hunter said when asked why he volunteers. In particular, “Being an AIM volunteer has been an exceptional postlude to a long career. It has given me much greater insight into the human experience.”

Upon his retirement, Hunter and his partner, Janet Legler, decided to focus their volunteer efforts on projects representing a societal need, such as education and physical or mental health, and where “we feel we can help make a difference,” he said.

Before Hunter decided to apply to attend the U of M Medical School, where his father was a cardiothoracic surgeon, he was enrolled in a University of California San Diego doctoral program focused on solid-state physics theory. He envisioned himself as a professor in a small college, walking across campus with a pipe in his mouth, dressed in a tweed jacket with leather on the sleeves, on his way to teach students.

Today, in addition to his extensive volunteer work, Hunter enjoys traveling. His upcoming travel adventures include trips to Hawaii, Portugal, and Colorado, along with an annual “bro-cation” with his brothers.

Visit the URVC website or call 612-625-8016 to learn more about the variety of volunteer opportunities available.

—Deanne Magnusson, vice chair and project director, URVC


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