2009 - Caroline Rose Hunt
Caroline Rose Hunt - 2009 Leadership Award Winner
Caroline Rose Hunt wears many hats: real estate mogul, beauty maven, author, traveler, gourmet, entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother of five, grandmother of nineteen, and great-grandmother of twelve.
Since 1980 with the opening of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, her company name – Rosewood -- has become synonymous with the very best in luxury accommodations. Amenities for the hotel in London led to her creation of Lady Primrose’s, an entire company devoted to luxury bathing and skin products. Her antiques emporium and tea room, Lady Primrose’s Shopping English Countryside, was named the best spot for tea in the US by the British Tea Council.
Always in love with words, in 2000 she published her first novel Primrose Past: The 1848 Journal of Young Lady Primrose. She has also published The Compleat Pumpkin Cookbook and A Family Cooks as well as contributed columns and articles in art and antique, travel and women’s magazines.
She is a longtime supporter of the United Way and received the national award from the Tocqueville Society for her dedication. She is a co-founder of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation where she continues to serve as vice-chair. She is also co-chairman of the Ralph Rogers Society of KERA and Chairman of the Board of The Crescent Club. She also supports the Junior League of Dallas, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Texas Council, the Tiffany Circle of the Red Cross, the Celebration of Reading, the Heritage Foundation, Crystal Charity Ball, James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, Charter 100, The Dallas Woman’s Club, as well as numerous non-profits and arts groups. For ten years she served as a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
The awards and honors are numerous: Award for Excellence from the Dallas Historical Society; "One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in the USA" from Ladies Home Journal; National Fragrance Council Award; Texas Business Hall of Fame; Dallas Business Hall of Fame; Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Hall of Fame; Spirit of Generations Award from The Senior Source; Texas Trailblazer Award by the Family Place; Hockaday Medal of Honor; Trolley Hall of Fame by McKinnery Avenue Transit Authority; British American Commerce Association Award; Grande Dame by Les Dames d’Escoffier; Flora Award by Dallas Civic Garden Center; Distinguished Women’s Award by Northwood Institute; Woman of the Year award from Les Femmes du Monde; 100 Women/100 Years by the YWCA; and many more.
Since 2000 she has served as Honorary Chair for events benefitting the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Les Femmes du Monde, TACA, Dallas Summer Musicals, Kappa Alpha Theta, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Heart Association, Junior League of Dallas, Salvation Army, and Dallas for Children.
A member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, she was named the first woman deacon and chaired the Early Childhood Division for seven years. She has also served as a Trustee of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
A graduate of The University of Texas with a B.A. in English, she was named a Distinguished Alum in 2006. For more than twenty years, she served as a trustee of Mary Baldwin College where she spent her first two years of college. She holds honorary degrees from Mary Baldwin College and the University of Charleston.