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Portrait of Richard C. Hunt by Sidney Dickenson
Portrait of Richard C. Hunt painted by Sidney Dickinson in 1951

Richard Carley Hunt served as the first President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, from its founding as the Viking Fund in 1941 until his death in 1954.

Personal lawyer to Axel Wenner-Gren and a director of Electrolux Corporation, USA (among other corporate boards), Richard C. Hunt  provided financial oversight for the Foundation's grants-making activities propo