Bonnie Bunting, 55, a retired fundraiser, former speech-language pathologist and past president of the D.C. Speech-Language and Hearing Association, died of cancer Dec. 17 at her home in Washington.

She was a 2000 recipient of an association distinguished service award.

Mrs. Bunting came to Washington in 1976 and was a fundraiser until the mid-1980s for the National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting and then the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

From 1988 to 2000, she was a pathologist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, where she worked with patients recovering from strokes and brain injuries.

She then served as major gifts manager with the National Parks Conservation Association until she retired in October for health reasons.

She had served as president of the John Eaton Home and School Association in 1985 and 1986.

Mrs. Bunting, who was born in Lansing, Mich., was a 1969 English graduate of the University of Michigan and received a master's degree in speech-language pathology from George Washington University in 1987.

Her marriage to James Bunting ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Bennett, whom she married in 1982, and a daughter from her first marriage, Rebecca Bunting, both of Washington; her parents, Edgar and Rhea Lantz of Okemos, Mich.; a brother; and a sister.