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January 31, 2005
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Tech to Dedicate Lounge to John Dunn
The gravestone of former South Dakota Tech professor emeritus Dr. John Dunn is inscribed with a quote from Chaucer — “Gladly would he learn and gladly teach.”
In recognition of Dunn’s lifetime of service to Tech, the university will dedicate the Dr. John J. Dunn IS Student Lounge during a ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in Classroom Building room 118. Dunn’s sister, Sister Francis Mary Dunn of Presentation College, will be an honored guest at the dedication.
“Teaching and advising were his life,” Dr. Sue Shirley, dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, said. “He was completely selfless in the classroom and with his students.
“John encouraged his students to be true to themselves and their beliefs,” Shirley said. “In his classroom and in his life, he insisted on respect for others and their beliefs. He also encouraged students to explore continually. His friends and colleagues enjoyed his witty and astute observations of the world around him, particularly in his letters to the editor of the Rapid City Journal.”
Dunn also loved to travel. In his later years, he often booked passage on a working steamer and visited a variety of ports. He visited every continent except Antarctica and counted Ireland, Greece and New Zealand among his favorite vacation stops. Travel was in his blood, and he loved to quote from Tennyson’s “Ulysses” — ��I cannot rest from travel; I will drink life to the lees.”
The student lounge is a comfortable place for students from any major to meet, study, interact and take a break. There are tables, chairs, a chalkboard and vending machines, and the room can be reserved by student and faculty groups for meetings and parties. “Doc��� Dunn joined the faculty at Tech in 1961. He officially retired in 1992 but continued to teach part-time in the Department of Humanities. He was awarded the title emeritus professor of English at the time of his retirement. He died in June 2003.
During his years with Tech, Dunn was generous with his time and expertise. He also was a generous financial donor to Tech. He created or contributed to:
The Frances M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship for single mothers in the Interdisciplinary Sciences program.
The John Dunn Endowment, used to help fund the Tech Learning Center and work study students in the Interdisciplinary Sciences program.
The Delta Sigma Phi scholarship fund. Dunn was a longtime advisor to the fraternity.
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