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“I am sorry for your loss. I see the same message from people from all ages. Whether it was in the 1960's, 1970's or 1980's, the message is that Dr...Read More »
1 of 75 | Posted by: Joe Adam - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Gladys,I just learned of Bob's passing as we are away for the summer and unfortunately will miss his memorial service next month. Bob was the...Read More »
2 of 75 | Posted by: Richard Woodworth - West Hartford, CT

“Of all my teachers and educators in grade school, Dr Dunn had the most influence on me. I see that hundreds and hundreds of others have had the same...Read More »
3 of 75 | Posted by: P An

“Bob was Principal of Hall High School when I came there for a year in 1963/64 as an Exchange Teacher from the UK. He was so welcoming and helpful...Read More »
4 of 75 | Posted by: Dorothy Gant - Friend

“RIP Dr. Dunn. Sincere condolences to your family and friends. And thank you for your amazing and enduring interest in the thousands of students that...Read More »
5 of 75 | Posted by: A friend

“Gladys,Thinking of you and Bob today. We will miss him here dearly. I hope he's in a place where he can now enjoy a nice bowl of ice cream! ...Read More »
6 of 75 | Posted by: Ted keyes - Suffield, CT

“Dear Gladys,Our hearts and thoughts are with you on the passing of your dear husband, Bob. He certainly impacted so many lives over the years which...Read More »
7 of 75 | Posted by: Suzi D'Annolfo - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Mrs. Dunn, My sincere and heart felt condolences to you and your family, with the passing of your dear husband. Dr. Dunn was no doubt a very...Read More »
8 of 75 | Posted by: Concetta (Connie) (Failla) Lamore - NJ

“i would like to truly thank Dr. Dunn for taking an interest in my desire to become an educator. Although I went to Conard, I got to know him through...Read More »
9 of 75 | Posted by: Richard Panek - Southington, CT

“Dear Gladys, love and sincere condolences to you as you -- and we -- have lost Dr. Bob. When I think back over the years to who helped me the most to...Read More »
10 of 75 | Posted by: Al Roberts - Los Angeles, CA

“We will always remember this great teacher. I was his pupil in 62/63 and was always thankful for all he did for my education, and free thinking. ...Read More »
11 of 75 | Posted by: A friend


12 of 75 | Posted by: Lynn Nappier - Aventura, FL

“My sincerest condolences are extended to the family of Dr. Dunn. I was a student of his and have fond memories of him. Earth has no sorrow that...Read More »
13 of 75 | Posted by: Leslie McCarter - Windsor, CT

“Gladys,Thank you for sharing your husband with us, both my brother and I were privileged to have known Dr. Dunn and you, also for your tireless...Read More »
14 of 75 | Posted by: Vic & Sandy von Paternos - CT

“Gladys, You and your Husband touched all of the Grisevich family in so many ways. Dr. Dunn's support of myself, Gregg, and Nancy while we were at...Read More »
15 of 75 | Posted by: Doug Grisevich - Richmond, VA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the family of Dr. Dunn. May God bless and keep you during this time of bereavement. Dr. Dunn was a...Read More »
16 of 75 | Posted by: Tiffany Tucker - West Hartford, CT

“Aloha Gladys,So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Prayers to you and the Ohana. We have missed you guys here dearly. We were hoping you would return...Read More »
17 of 75 | Posted by: Bryan Ayakawa - Honolulu, HI

“Dear Gladys,I am forever gratfull to have known Dr. Dunn during my last years at Hall High, class of 1959! He was an incredible inspiration to me...Read More »
18 of 75 | Posted by: Joan Lombardi - NM

“Adolescence for the boys in my family was difficult. Dr. Dunn's gift was to be able to guide the talented and motivated and also those, like me, who...Read More »
19 of 75 | Posted by: Edward Turbert - West Hartford, CT

“We are thinking of you, Gladys, and sending much love at this difficult time. Bob was a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend who greatly...Read More »
20 of 75 | Posted by: Cheryl Freeston - Newtown, CT

“I would like to send my condolences to Dr. Dunn's family. He was my principal at Hall High. He was a great motivator that believed in his students...Read More »
21 of 75 | Posted by: Robert DeVaughn - Manchester, CT

“Gladys,We are sorry to learn of Bob's passing, but know he had a wonderful and good life. We're sure that you know how good and generous a man he...Read More »
22 of 75 | Posted by: Lynn and Beverly Willsey - CT

“Dear Gladys, My day begins with discovering your dear Bob had passed and then reading Bob's obituary, seeing in print the distinguished life and many...Read More »
23 of 75 | Posted by: Helen and Richard Prothero - MA

“Without Mr Dunn's creative help, freely given to me from 3000 miles away while I was in the UK, this 1970 Hall HS graduate would never have navigated...Read More »
24 of 75 | Posted by: William Sargent - KENNEBUNKPORT, ME

“many good memories of working in the Hall High office 1980 and 1981and as a parent of student-athlete Brian Meany, 1980 grafuate ”
25 of 75 | Posted by: Barbara Meany - west hartford, CT

“Gladys, we are so sorry for your loss. Your husband will be remembered by so many for his accomplishments and his spirit. May God be with you during...Read More »
26 of 75 | Posted by: The Miller Family

“Dr. Dunn was a distinguished and dedicated educational leader who cared deeply for the well being of his students. I am sad to hear of his passing...Read More »
27 of 75 | Posted by: Jim Malley - West Hartford, CT

“Dr. Dunn was very supportive of me throughout my basketball playing years at Hall High. We always stayed in touch, and he and Mrs. Dunn attended my...Read More »
28 of 75 | Posted by: Charlie Kidd - West Hartford, CT

“The Hogans pass along our condolences. Dr. Dunn was always a supportive, caring person. We spanned the years from '69 to '83 at Hall (from the...Read More »
29 of 75 | Posted by: Brian Hogan - Avon, CT - Student

“God has taken Bob to where he can finally travel freely and meet with his old friends. We remember his unlimited passion and energy towards his...Read More »
30 of 75 | Posted by: Joon Han - Seoul, CT - Son

“Thanks for the encouragement and believing in me. I'll never forget my Hall High Days. Rest In Peace Warrior Mark Paynter 1983 ”
31 of 75 | Posted by: Mark Paynter - Sunrise, FL

“Dear Gladys,We will miss Bob! He was a wonderful person -- never forgot a person and their family, attended events involving his co-workers and...Read More »
32 of 75 | Posted by: Roger and Sally Brown - CT

“In 1954, I flunked Latin at Hall High School, so my punishment was to have to take "Current Events" with Bob Dunn in what I believe was his 1st year...Read More »
33 of 75 | Posted by: Kove Schwartz - wEST hARTFORD, CT

“Dear Mrs. Dunn:I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Dunn. I will cherish your intriguing year-end letters of you and Mr. Dunn's travels (as...Read More »
34 of 75 | Posted by: Donna Nappier - Hartford, CT

“Dr. Dunn was a very special human being and a brilliant educator. He helped guide me and numerous other students to recognize and maximize our God...Read More »
35 of 75 | Posted by: Jim Lawrence - Westport, CT

“Dr Dunn was a gifted educator who helped me and untold others make critical life decisions along the way. I will never forget his kind letter to my...Read More »
36 of 75 | Posted by: Robert Dunne - Tequesta, FL

“Gladys, All of us at the American School for the Deaf are saddened by Bob's passing. He was such an amazing individual and so passionate about...Read More »
37 of 75 | Posted by: Rennie Polk - West Hartford, CT

“So sorry for your loss Gladys . Bob was a special man I'm honored in knowing him. My prayers are with you both .Bill Grant ”
38 of 75 | Posted by: Bill Grant - Plainville, CT

“The Lord has called his son home, and said welcome home. My condolences to the family as he was my principal at Hall High. I with him numerous...Read More »
39 of 75 | Posted by: Bertil Johnson - Myrtle Beach, SC

“Outside of my parents, Bob Dunn was probably more responsible for my happy and satisfying life and career in education. Since I was class of '63 at...Read More »
40 of 75 | Posted by: Thomas Lorch - west hartford, CT

“I would like to express my deepest condolences for your loss may you find comfort in the God of all comfort Matthews 5:4 ”
41 of 75 | Posted by: - Baltimore

“Dear Gladys:Please accept my condolences on Bob's passing. I remember Dr. Dunn vividly and with the utmost respect.My connection with Dr. Dunn was...Read More »
42 of 75 | Posted by: James Johnson - West Hartford, CT

“As a member of Wm. H. Hall High School's Class of 1965, I was one of Dr. Dunn's major challenges. Who would have guessed I would end up serving over...Read More »
43 of 75 | Posted by: Gerald Goldstein - Baltimore, MD

“Gladys,So sorry to hear of Dr. Dunns passing. A great educator and keeper of students, he will be missed and our condolences go out to you and the...Read More »
44 of 75 | Posted by: Greg & Susan DiDonato - Bristol, CT

“My name is Patricia Hemme I was the principal's helper in the William H.High School office I talked to Dr. Dunn every day and helped with the...Read More »
45 of 75 | Posted by: Patricia Hemme - West Hartford, CT

“Gladys,I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a gentle, kind and wonderful man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. On behalf of all of us here at the...Read More »
46 of 75 | Posted by: Lauren Parda - West Hartford, CT

“An amazing and inspiring life - an amazing man. Thank you for your dedication to education. -Anita Simon, Hall High class of 1972. ”
47 of 75 | Posted by: Anita Simon

“My thoughts are with you and I am sorry for your loss. Gladys, you are strong; you are one of most special people I have ever met. Bob led a full...Read More »
48 of 75 | Posted by: Dennis Brann - Venice, FL

“We are saddened by the news. Dr. Dunn hds the admiration and respect of our family. Please accept our condolences at this time. Elaine and Harvey...Read More »
49 of 75 | Posted by: Elaine and Harvey Raisner - FL

“Dr. Dunn oversaw a great public high school. The education I received there provided me with an intellectual grounding that has served me well...Read More »
50 of 75 | Posted by: Jonathan Kramer, Ph.D. - Raleigh,, NC

“I just learned of the death of Mr. Dunn. I speak of him as Mister Dunn because that's who he was when we first met at Hall when I was a student from...Read More »
51 of 75 | Posted by: A friend

“RIP Dr. Dunn. Sympathy and prayers to your family. ”
52 of 75 | Posted by: Georgia Seagrave-Taylor - CT

“My prayers and love to you at this difficult time. I am so inspired by your dedication to him always most noteably in these recent years. Dr. Dunn...Read More »
53 of 75 | Posted by: Susan Curnias - Wethersfield, CT

“Dr Dunn was my high school principal. Everyone looked up to him.When our parents died, each time he sent a lovely note to the Skoglund childen. He...Read More »
54 of 75 | Posted by: Carol Skoglund - West Hartford, CT

“we are very saddened by the passing of a great human being. he was always there for our family. The first day I came to Hall football to be an...Read More »
55 of 75 | Posted by: malcolm casway - boynton beach, FL

“Dr. Dunn had an amazing capacity for nurturing, supporting and mentoring the students at Hall High. He didn't just say hello, how are you?. He...Read More »
56 of 75 | Posted by: Howard Lamson - Richmond, IN

“WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.DON & KAY MORRISON ”
57 of 75 | Posted by: DON & KAY MORRISON - CT

“God's speed Bob, you left a huge shoe to fill for any Educator. I enjoy our talks and knowing your mother made so many connections worthwhile...Read More »
58 of 75 | Posted by: Chet Bacon - Southington, CT

“Gladys,My children join me in sending condolences on the passing of our good friend, Bob. Know that our sympathy and good wishes are with you in...Read More »
59 of 75 | Posted by: Nan Glass - Durham, NC - Friend

“This is very sad news. As one of the many Hall students who benefited from his advice and support, and also in my case his assistance in my...Read More »
60 of 75 | Posted by: Craig Hotchkiss - Berlin, CT

“I am saddened upon learning of Bob's passing. He was a dear friend and mentor. After I graduated from Hall, we stayed in touch. He remained...Read More »
61 of 75 | Posted by: Neil Jaffee - Washington, DC

“Dr Robert Dunn served West Hartford public schools for many years as both a teacher and administrator and lead William H. Hall High School to...Read More »
62 of 75 | Posted by: David Barnett - Glastonbury, CT

“Sorry for your loss ~ great principal at Hall High class of 1976! ”
63 of 75 | Posted by: Debra Ofshay - West Hartford, CT

“Dr. Dunn was a superb administrator, whose efforts kept Hall High School in the top ranks of public secondary schools for many years. Both of our...Read More »
64 of 75 | Posted by: Judith & Albert Greenspoon - CT

“I remember Dr. Dunn well. He obviously was very young when he was our principal, oh those many years ago. I will certainly always remember him. My...Read More »
65 of 75 | Posted by: Pamela DuBose McIver - Palm Beach, FL

“My name is Patricia Hemme I was the principal's helper in the William H.High School office I talked to Dr. Dunn every day and helped with the...Read More »
66 of 75 | Posted by: Patricia Hemme - West Hartford, CT

“A unique person of great accomplishment, the greatest of which was his sincere concern for acquaintances expressed through continued communications....Read More »
67 of 75 | Posted by: Philip Gagnon - San Diego, CA

“"Dr. Dunn" (Bob) was principle during my days at Hall High School. He was a wonderful, caring, truly dedicated man whose presence and direction were...Read More »
68 of 75 | Posted by: Richard Ludgin

“I worked for Dr Dunn for a short while in the office and with the Hall PTA Dr Dunn helped my Son with College applications and financial loans This...Read More »
69 of 75 | Posted by: Faith Bussolari - Farmington, CT

“It was my pleasure to respond to Dr. Dunn's inquiry some years ago about my brothers and I, who all attended and graduated from Hall High during his...Read More »
70 of 75 | Posted by: William Menke - Swarthmore, PA

“My years as an art teacher at Hall High School ( 1959-1965) , when Bob was the principal, were very exciting. Bob, as my " boss",was always very...Read More »
71 of 75 | Posted by: Eugenie Lotz-Goggin - Cincinnati, OH

“A very special man and an excellent administrator. A lot of fond memories, Dr Dunn will be missed. ”
72 of 75 | Posted by: Todd Kaufman - West Hartford

“I met Bob and Gladys about 15 years ago on one of their many annual trips to Hawaii and remained in touch even after retiring to Panama. i always...Read More »
73 of 75 | Posted by: Phil Birn - Friend

“Dr. Dunn was my guidance counselor in the 1950s. He stayed in touch as I raised my children with caring and advice. Reading all he gave to the...Read More »
74 of 75 | Posted by: Marjorie Frost Frank - RI

“we met on our first world cunard cruise and have stayed in touch ever scince we were privileged to know bob and Gladys and we are so saddened at this...Read More »
75 of 75 | Posted by: timothy anderson - bournemouth


Robert E. Dunn, 89, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on July 18, 2017 from complications associated with Parkinson's disease and related dementia. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Gladys B. Dunn. Bob was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of George E. and Ruth B. Dunn, and was raised in Watertown, Massachusetts and East Hartford, Connecticut, graduating from East Hartford High School. He received a B.A. degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he met his wife. He continued his education at the University of Connecticut where he received his M.A. degree. Bob received a Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship enabling him to continue his studies at the University of Birmingham in England. During his time there, Bob led a European student group to the Rotary Youth Festival in South Africa. After returning to the U.S., Bob earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Connecticut. Subsequent to his graduate studies, he also studied at Harvard University as an Alfred North Whitehead Fellow, at the University of Oregon as a John Hay Fellow, and at Kettering Foundation Institutes at Colorado College, Guilford College and the University of Colorado.

He served on the faculty of West Hartford's William H. Hall High School for thirty-eight years as history and social studies teacher, department head, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and school principal from 1962 until his retirement in 1990. During his tenure, he was chosen as Connecticut's Principal of the Year. He taught graduate courses at Trinity College, the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford. After retirement, he was Deputy Headmaster of the Seoul International School in South Korea for five years, where Gladys was Director of Admissions. After their return from South Korea, Bob and Gladys enjoyed traveling, particularly world cruises and European river trips, along with winter vacations in Honolulu.

During his long career, Bob received many honors. He served as a Trustee for Bates College, which presented him with a Distinguished Service Award and an Honorary Doctorate degree. With his wife, he represented Greater Hartford on a People to People Program in England. He served as National Chairman of the High School Student Council Association. He served on a National Commission chaired by the U.S. Secretary of Education and was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to help choose exemplary schools after Hall High School was awarded that honor. He participated in educational study missions and research work in Russia, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Taiwan and England. He and his wife traveled the world during summer breaks with particular interest in learning about international education systems.

Bob was devoted to his community. He was a recipient of the Noah Webster Award for service to West Hartford. He was a long-time member of the West Hartford Y.M.C.A. Committee and chaired the West Hartford School and Community Organization. He served on the Board of the American School for the Deaf and the committee for the inaugural Annual Celebrate West Hartford event. In deep appreciation for the Rotary Club scholarship he was awarded while a student, Bob was a thirty-five-year member of the West Hartford Rotary Club, served on their Board of Directors, was a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris award, sponsored a Rotary Club Foundation annual scholarship, and was inducted as a charter member of the Arch C. Klumph Society for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation.

Contributions in Dr. Dunn's memory may be directed to the Robert E. Dunn Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106. This fund assists deserving Hall High School students who have financial need and who qualify to participate in international and domestic educational experiences beyond high school. Final arrangements are pending. Burial will be private. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com.