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PCC student pays homage to late ag instructor

21 July 2016
A Pratt Community College Agriculture student is honoring the late Bill “Doc” Hunter with a shiny statement and homage to his life. Kelly Doherty, a sophomore returning to PCC this fall, has set out to show her appreciation for “Doc” in the form of a custom silver belt buckle.
A fitting tribute to the beloved Ag instructor but she needs help in making it a reality. After Doherty learned of “Doc’s” passing Friday Jul 15 she was inspired to commemorate his memory by entering a drawing into a belt buckle contest. The contest boasts a free custom silver belt buckle from Molly’s Custom Silver located in Riverside, Calif to the design submitted that gets the most “Likes” on Facebook.
Doherty entered the contest with a drawing she created the day “Doc” passed. The drawing features the shape of his notorious cowboy hat, a sunflower in between wheat, cattle hoof prints, and PCC's Beaver. It says “In Memory of "Doc" William Paul Hunter, WHAT'S UP DOC? October 18, 1952-July 15, 2016”.
“To me, the buckle represents his life,” said Doherty. “He lived life to the fullest and that legacy reminds me to do the same.”
Doherty says that Doc had an impact on her during the short time that she knew him.
“Hearing all of his stories (even when they got long) told me there is much to be done in the short time we have,” said Doherty. “I admired his dedication and that encourages me to do my best at what I'm passionate about.”
The belt buckle contest will go on through the end of August. To vote you can “Like” Doherty’s submission on the Molly’s Custom Silver Facebook page. The top two designs with the most likes and shares will receive the prize of a custom silver belt buckle. Doherty plans to donate the buckle to PCC if the design wins.
Hunter passed away Jul. 15 unexpectedly at the age of 63. He was an Agriculture Instructor at PCC for 23 years. He was past president of the Pratt Optimist Club, a member of the Pratt Veterans Memorial Lake Improvement Committee and the Kansas Farm Bureau, and played trombone in the PCC Beaver Jam Pep Band.