The Arc Southeastern Minnesota had a dedicated volunteer in David J. “Dave” Dunn. Dunn died in January. He was 88 and lived in Rochester.
Born in Huron, South Dakota, Dunn graduated from Yankton High School in 1953 and attended Yankton College for one year. He then enlisted in the U.S Army, serving stateside and in Japan as a photographer.
After service Dunn graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermilion. After marriage he taught in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rochester. He became director of the Olmsted County History Center in 1964, later moving to IBM where he spent most of his career. He also was an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s and ran a management training firm.
This born educator held many volunteer posts in his home area. He joined what is now the Arc The Arc Southeastern Minnesota in 1961, Dunn was a dedicated advocate for people with developmental disabilities. He held positions at the local, state and national levels. Attending the White House celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a highlight in his volunteer life.
Dunn is survived by his wife Sonja; and a son and daughter and their families. Services have been held. Memorials preferred to Zumbro Lutheran Church or the Southeast Region of the Arc Minnesota.