Atlantic Legal Foundation Establishes Endowment in Honor of Ernest B. Hueter

Monday, August 2, 2010 - 00:00

Atlantic Legal Foundation, a New York-based public interest law firm, has established an endowment fund in honor of Ernest B. Hueter, who served as a director of the Foundation from June, 1980 until his death at age 89 on February 26, 2010.

Ernie Hueter was born in California on June 15, 1920. His forebears were pioneer California professionals and industrialists.He graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in journalism and completed advanced studies in business administration at the University of California, Los Angeles.

During World War II, he served 32 months in the Army in the South Pacific.Mr. Hueter commanded landing crafts and made 24 initial assault landings from Australia to the Philippines.He completed his duty with the rank of major in the intelligence section on General MacArthur's staff planning the anticipated landing in the Japanese homeland.He was awarded the Soldier's Medal for Heroism by Act of Congress, numerous theatre of operation's awards, and five Presidential unit citations.

After being discharged in 1945, Mr. Hueter went to Hollywood where he became a radio script writer for Bob Hope, Edgar Bergen and Red Skelton.

In 1947, his career took a completely different path when he joined Interstate Brands (Bakeries) Corporation in Kansas City as assistant advertising manager. He rose through the ranks to become president and chief executive officer and subsequently, in 1973, he was appointed chairman of the board.During his leadership of Interstate, the company grew almost nine-fold to become one of Fortune's top 500 companies.

In 1980, Mr. Hueter was asked to assume the presidency of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest, a not-for-profit legal educational foundation based in Washington, D.C.NLCPI had been founded in 1975 to foster knowledge of the law and the administration of justice, especially with respect to individual rights, free enterprise, property ownership, limited government and a fair and efficient judiciary.

Under Mr. Hueter's leadership, NLCPI pursued its educational and intellectual missions through publications, conferences, and the annual Gauer Distinguished Lecture in Law and Public Policy, inaugurated in 1990.Lecturers in this series included Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush,Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, Judge William H. Webster, former head of the FBI and CIA, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and Associate Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen G. Breyer.

Led by Mr. Hueter, NLCPI was a fierce defender of the basic principles of the free enterprise system. When the business judgment rule came under fire in the 1980s, it inspired inside and outside counsel to unite in a successful effort to preserve it.

Mr. Hueter retired in 2004 at the age of 84 after having served the NLCPI for 25 successful years. NLCPI merged into the American Enterprise Institute in 2007 to become the AEI Legal Center for the Public Interest.

Following his retirement from the NLCPI, Mr. Hueter continued to serve the Atlantic Legal Foundation with an ever-increasing intensity and devotion until his death earlier this year.His 30 years of continuous, distinguished service to the Foundation is a record . . . a hallmark . . . or as Ernie would envision . . . "a Huetermark" . . . as those who were privileged to receive his humorous holiday cards, will attest.

The board of directors of the Atlantic Legal Foundation, with the enthusiastic support of its council and staff, established the Ernest B. Hueter Endowment Fund in recognition of his record of valuable service to the Atlantic Legal Foundation and to our Nation, and as a way in which Ernie's dedication to the Foundation can live on beyond his tenure.

Atlantic Legal Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest law firm with a three-decade record of advancing the rule of law by advocating limited and efficient government, free enterprise, individual liberty, school choice and sound science.

Contributions to the Hueter Endowment Fund, which Atlantic Legal's Board believes that Ernie Hueter would greatly appreciate, may be made by check payable to Atlantic Legal Foundation, noting the Hueter Endowment on the memo line, sent to the Atlantic Legal Foundationat 2039 Palmer Ave. Suite 104, Larchmont, NY 10538