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TAA founder passes away in Houston

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Texas Apartment Association Past President Perry Hunnicutt passed away peacefully at his home on March 15, 2017. He was 89.


2012-2013 TAA President Scott Wilder, CPM presents the Frank Finch Presidential Award to TAA Past President Perry Hunnicutt.

Hap, Jennette and Perry Hunnicutt at a TAA 50th anniversary celebration in 2013.

Texas Apartment Association Past President Perry Hunnicutt passed away peacefully at his home on March 15, 2017. He was 89.

Perry and his wife, Jennette, were instrumental in organizing TAA, and Perry served as its second president, from 1964-65. Their son, “Hap” Hunnicutt, became the first second-generation TAA president, serving from 1990-1991.

Julian Perry Hunnicutt, Jr. was born June 15, 1927 in Bay City, Texas and graduated from San Jacinto High School in Houston as the president and valedictorian of his class. He briefly attended Texas A&M University but left when he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Perry graduated from West Point in 1949 and served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant until changing his branch of service to attend flight school at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. He flew P-51s and the F-86D Super Saber Jets in Korea, earning the Air Medal, Bronze Star with oak leaf clusters and numerous other commendations for his service, along with the rank of captain. He returned stateside when his tour was over to teach new pilots how to fly the F-86D.

He met Jennette on a blind date arranged by his mother, who was the Dean of Women at the University of Houston. They married in 1953 and had two children, Julian Perry “Hap” Hunnicutt, III and Jennette Mary “Jenny” Hunnicutt.

After leaving the service, Perry earned his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and worked as an engineer for Dow Chemical, later becoming a project engineer for the Texas Highway Department.

He and Jennette entered the real estate business in the 1960s and helped to found both the Houston Apartment Association and the Texas Apartment Association. The family built, owned and managed apartments in Houston, Fort Worth, Austin and Galveston County. Perry received the TAA Frank Finch Presidential Award in 2013, during the celebration of TAA’s 50th anniversary.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in Houston March 20.

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