Remembering Alumnus Jeffrey H. Dunn

Jeffrey H. Dunn, a sociology graduate of the former College of Arts and Sciences—now the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences—died on December 7, 2017, of esophageal cancer, which he battled for 19 months with dignity and courage.

Dunn was a Dean’s List student and received a certificate of distinguished scholarship in 1963 before graduating with a B.A. in 1964. He was in the three-year Arts-Law Program, in which he spent his undergraduate senior year at the University of Maryland School of Law—now the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law—and continued his law studies. Dunn earned an LL.B. with honors in 1966. As a law student, he was the recipient of American Jurisprudence prizes in the areas of contracts, sales, and real property law. 

Upon graduation from law school, Dunn enlisted in the United States Army Reserve (1966–1968) before transferring to the United States Air Force JAG Reserve (1968–1972).

Dunn began his legal career in private practice with the former Baltimore law firm of Weinberg and Green before moving on to the former law firm of Callahan, Calwell & Laudeman, where he was named a partner in 1974. In 1987, Dunn left private practice to go into public service with the U.S. Public Building Service of the GSA, where he served as regional counsel in the Washington, D.C. region. Dunn retired in 2013 after serving in the legal field for 46 years.

In his free time, Dunn was a passionate duplicate bridge player; he was designated a Silver Life Master by the American Contract Bridge League. He served as president of the Maryland Contract Bridge League in the 1970s.

“Partners loved to team with Jeff, not only because he was a very accomplished player with a ‘killer’ instinct, but because he was always a gentleman and kind to his partners,” recalls his brother, Herbert Dunn.

Dunn also was a passionate fan of the Orioles, the Ravens and his beloved Terps.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bonnie Miller Dunn, of Ellicott City, Md.; two sons, Eric A. Dunn of Washington, D.C., and Michael R. Dunn of Eldersburg, Md.; and a brother, Herbert I. Dunn of Silver Spring, Md. All of these family members are also University of Maryland alumni.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences mourns the passing and celebrates the life of our distinguished alumnus and friend.

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