CAROLINE ROSE HUNT January 8, 1923 - November 13, 2018
Caroline Rose Hunt was one of Dallas' leading ladies whose vision helped create the city as we know it today.
In 1976, she founded The Rosewood Corporation, a family owned company with diverse operations and investments. Caroline was the guiding force behind the development and opening of some of Dallas’ most luxurious hotels and properties such as The Mansion at Turtle Creek and The Crescent. Under her leadership, Rosewood continued to invest in upscale developments around the world, and its name and reputation became synonymous with luxury.
Caroline wore many hats including entrepreneur, philanthropist, gourmet and author. In 1991, she created Lady Primrose's, Inc., an entire company devoted to luxury bathing and skin products. The products were used and sold at some of the most prestigious hotels in the world.
Always in love with words, in 2000 she published her first novel Primrose Past: The 1848 Journal of Young Lady Primrose. She 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.
A member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, she was named the first woman deacon and chaired the Early Childhood Division for seven years. She also served as a Trustee of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Caroline’s philanthropies included many organizations in Dallas, where she lived all her life: the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. She was a trustee of Mary Baldwin College for 20 years, and with her sister financed the restoration of Hilltop, an 1810 campus building on the National Register of Historic Places. From 1985 to 1994 she was a trustee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
The awards and honors are numerous: The University of Texas Distinguished Alum in 2006; The Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence; Texas Business Hall of Fame; Dallas Business Hall of Fame; Condé 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 McKinney 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; Ladies Home Journal “One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in the USA"; National Fragrance Council Award; Woman of the Year award from Les Femmes du Monde; 100 Women/100 Years by the YWCA; and many more. In 2013, the Caroline Rose Hunt Family became Hall of Fame Inductees for the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR.)
But of all her worldwide accomplishments and honors, Caroline was most proud of her children and her family. She was a mother of five, grandmother of nineteen, and great-grandmother of twenty-four. She was and continues to be the guiding light behind The Rosewood Corporation. Her work ethic, gracious spirit and commitment to integrity continues to set the tone for her family and the company she built. Her legacy lives on, In the Rosewood Tradition of Excellence ®.