I DIDN'T RREALIZE JUST HOW MANY ACHIEVEMENTS MIKE HAD REACHED IN HIS LIFE. I JUST REMEMBER HE AND I KNOWING EACH OTHER STARTING IN 1961.
WE WOULD MEET EACH MORNING, HE WALKING FROM HIS STREET IN HARAHAN TO MINE AND
WE WOULD WALK TO BE THE FIRST ONES TO THE SCHOOL BUS TO TAKE US TO JEFFERSON JR HIGH. THIS WAS 1963.
THE YEAR THE BEATLES BURST ONTO THE WORLD WIDE SCENE. WE BOTH DECIDED THAT WE NEEDED A BAND!!! AND THE SUMMER '63 WITH 3 OTHERS, THE SONICS WERE BORN. I STOOD FOR HOURS NEXT TO HIM YELLING...C...F...G...HECK, IT WAS 1963 AND NOTHING WAS BETTER THAN PLAYING "LOUIE LOUIE"!!!!
A PERIOD IN MY LIFE I'' NEVER FORGET, AND THE MAN STANDING NEXT TO ME IS ALSO UNFORGETTABLE.
MS. GULF COAST
I just recently heard the sad news about your husband. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We, at Legacy, are here if you need anything.
You probably don’t remember me – we spoke a few years ago at a newspaper conference. I told you of my Louisiana connections, but didn’t realize – until today -- that you and I are just a couple of degrees separated.
I happened to be on SEJ’s web site and noticed a guest book for Mike, whom I now know is your late husband. I am a fan of his work – America’s Wetland is a wonderful, important book. Coincidentally, I used to work at the TP with Ellis Lucia, Bevil Knapp’s husband.
I shared the sad news with my colleagues here at Legacy.com, and learned that many of them are YOUR fans. Please know that we are thinking of you.
I have just heard the sad news of your husband's passing. I wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in your time of grief. If there is anything we at Legacy.com can do, please don't hesitate to let me know.
My condolencies to his family, as a newspaperman he will be remember for editors as I, because his labor will always be an inspiration.
El Tiempo Newspaper, Rodolfo Lezama
My sympathies to Mike's family. As an SEJ member, I cherished his articles in the SEJournal. He asked all the right questions and wrote clearly and authoritatively. We readers miss him.
Mike entrusted his son to me for leadership and guidance while I was Assitant Principal at Baton Rouge High. I shall never forget his warmpth for people in general nor his devotion to the Principles, Practicles, and Purposes of Public School Education Education. He will be sorely missed by me. May God bless and keep you all during this moment of sorrow.
To Freda and the rest of Mike's family,
I've known Mike for many years through SEJ and wanted to make sure you know that to many of us Mike has been, and always will be, a shining example of what it means to be a passionate reporter, a generous colleague, and a courageous human being. We already miss him, and we will not forget him.
Dear Freda, family and friends:
Mike and I worked side-by-side for years on the SEJournal. His creation and perfection of the Inside Story served journalists around the nation. It testifies to his generous soul. Someone of his stature in the field might have just kept it all to himself and lived quite satisfied. Instead he tried to better us all. That is quite a legacy. The SEJ family will greatly miss Mike, his contributions, his sense of humor and his insight.
My heartfelt sympathy.
Freda, I have prayed for the right words to say to let you know how truly sad my heart is over Mike's death. As you know, we were close. I saved his life once, he told me, and I feel he gave me a lot more. I will miss him. We worked together on many stories. We partied together and we both loved the work of a Journalist. God will forever watch over you and the boys is my prayer.
Thank you, Mike, for always being available with advice and encouragement. Even when I moved away from Louisiana, I could count on you to respond to posts on the SEJ listserv when I needed guidance. You will be missed and environmental journalism has lost a pioneer and shining star. You know, I never thought to ask you if we might be related. My great aunt, Julia Dunne, came into Boston in the late 1800s from Ireland.
Freda, Brad and Dylan, Gary and I were so saddened to learn that Mike had passed away on Sunday, you were very much in our thoughts and prayers that night. I continue to keep you all in my prayers. It seems that they are now hiking this new trail together. Peace be with you all. Much Love, Cathie, B.J., Lee and Guy
Freda, I was heartbroken to hear of Mike's death. I also have known Mike for more decades than seems possible. What I will remember is his sly sense of humor and his intensity for things he felt strongly about. I share your loss. God bless you and the boys.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.I worked with Mike last September with Woodbadge in New Orleans an was proud to have him as a friend. I will miss him.
Freda, Brad and Dylan,
I consider myself one of the luckiest people I know to have had the chance to work with Mike these last few years. Freda, you gave me my first job in journalism and then I'm able to work on the project of a lifetime with Mike so many years later.
He was always willing to laugh at himself or better yet, me. He was kind and compassionate- a true mentor. Mike was a gifted writer who was always willing for anyone to share the benefit of his knowledge.
I am a better person for having known him. I will always miss him.
To Freda and your sons: I truly liked and respected Mike. I worked with him beginning in the early 80's. His sense of humor was really fun. He left us at such a young age. You are surrounded by a loving, supportive group of folks at the Advocate, whom I know will provide sincere and unending consolation for your grief.
Freda, Brad, and Dylan: I am saddened by the death of a good friend and great Scouter. As you know we worked together on a number of projects several years ago. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. He touched the lives of many and even though it may have been years ago - we remember. The best to you all.
Freda, Brad, Dylan, I am so sorry that Mike died this young. I feel so much for all of you that I could not say at the funeral. I love you all very much and hope you'll come visit me in Metairie. Love, Aunt Jeune
Dear Dunne Family:
It was my pleasure to have worked with Mike at WBRZ-TV during the early 90's. He was a great reporter and tremendous addition to our staff.
From what I understand he fought a truly brave battle the past few years.
I'm very sorry for your loss.
I am very sad to hear of the passing of Mike Dunne. I met Mike while working at WLSU in the early 1970's and will always remember him as being a great person to know. Before my retirement as an Environmental Scientist I was contacted by Mike for information on some environmental matters and it was great hearing from him then. Mike, we will all miss you and remember you for the wonderful and caring person you were. May peace be with you my friend.
Freda, Brad, and Dylan - When my mother told me of Mike's passing, my heart broke for you. Freda, you are one of the strongest ladies I know and you'll get through this. Your terrific boys will help you remember the best of your life with Mike. I didn't know him well but I know you were happy with him and he made you laugh. I'll give you a call soon and try to see you the next time I'm in Baton Rouge.
Linda and I are so sorry for your -- and the world's -- loss. Mike was a true friend and we were proud to have him as best man at our wedding. He lived a full, rich and enriching life. As others have noted, he was a journalist's journalist; the profession so desperately needs more like him. He also leaves a magnificent legacy with future generations of journalists and the young men he helped mold through Scouting. God, I miss him.
I met Mike when my son Jason joined Troop 50 in 1996. Mike always brought out the best in people. I learned a lot about myself with his help and am the better for it. Thanks Mike.
Cancer only seemed to make Mike stronger and funnier. A lot of us from SEJ took that to mean we'd be seeing him in September. So so sorry we won't. Despite distance, he's been a wonderful colleague.
My heart goes out to Mike's family and also to his Baton Rouge Scouting "family" as well. I enjoyed working with Mike on District activities and admired his straightforward approach to issues. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was very saddened to learn of Mike's passing. It is still too soon for me to come to the services. Know that you, Brad and Dylan are in my thoughts and prayers.
I know the pain will pass - eventually. Hold on to the good memories and think of him and he will always be with you as I fell my dad is with me.
Freda, I am so sorry to hear f your husband's death. I'll be thinking about you. Key
It has been my pleasure to know and work with Mike from the Alexandria Daily Town Talk to Capital City Press to teaching at Southern and LSU. Part of his legacy will be the standard of excellence he set as both a journalist and teacher.
My prayers are with you all.
To all in Mike's extended family...
know that he had a strong and lasting influence on many in his professional family--environmental journalists throughout the nation. He was a sweet, witty, and trusted friend. We will miss him dearly.
Mike was one of the easiest people to talk to--I always enjoyed our conversations. I will always appreciate how he encouraged his fellow-journalists. We'll miss him.
I have appreciated knowing and having been associated with a great man and am proud to have been able to call him 'friend'. He truly left a legacy......
It seems like Mike and I have had many Scouting experiences together. We both received the Silver Beaver on the same night. We served on several Wood Badge courses together. I asked him to be my senior patrol leader when I was the course director. For some time I felt that I would like Mike to speak at my funeral and tell semothing about my love for Scouting and my experiences. Unfortunately, his passing was early in his life, and now I will be paying tribute to him on the occasion of his passing.
Having previously lost my wife to cancer, I know something about what you have gone through. My heart goes out to you and to your sons. We all will miss Mike. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
He taught us so many wonderful things. A life well lived.
God Bless you, Mike D.
He inspired me with his courage and humor. My prayers are with you.
I know you will miss Mike very much. He was a great man. I always enjoyed working with him at WBRZ. Just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you tonight, and I pray that you will keep your wonderful memories close to your heart always. Sincerely, Andrea Clesi
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.
Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.
If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Dear Freda and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a wonderful person who was never too busy to help a new reporter learn the ropes. I learned so much from him, not only as a journalist but also how to be the very best you can be in all areas of life. I am so very blessed for having known him. God bless you.
Brad and Dylan,
Mike was a dear friend and I am so sorry to hear of his
passing. He set a fine example for me in my spiritual journey and I will
miss him very much. God be with you in your time of mourning, and take comfort
in knowing that he had a very positive influence on the lives of many, many people.
All I can say is we'll miss him at the Manship School and I'll miss him as a person. Mike was a reporter's reporter. He didn't mind digging through documents -- in fact, he relished it. He didn't mind tackling hard to understand science and he was really good at explaining it all in simple terms to readers. His work on coastal erosion forced the state and its citizens to pay attention to the problem long before New Orleans was flooded. I wish there were more around like him.
Freda, Brad, Dylan,
I will remember Mike's life as filled with energy and passion for the many things that he loved. It was my privilege to have worked with him. I've read through the guest book entries and it's obvious Mike made friends in all corners of his professional and civic life. He will be missed by all. George
Me and Terry met Mike through many of our works in the Boy Scouting activies. He was a very hard worker and will be truly missed by all. We last talked to Mike a few months ago at Camp Avondale while up for a gransons activities and was told then of his battle with cancer . Our hearts and prayers are with the Dunne family
Joyce & Terry Myers
Dear Freda, Dylan and Brad,
We are so sad to hear of Mike's death. Our love goes out to you all during this time. The pictures you sent in June, of family and the awards ceremony stirred so many memories of our 20 years as neighbors and continued friendship. I have a great picture of Mike just as he was giving some witty comment, that crooked smile of his that showed more in his eyes than on his mouth and that wild eyebrow raised high..I'll always remember him like that. Mike's wit,intelligence,humor and support during trying times leaves my family with joyful memories of a good neighbor and friend. Mike's tireless work to educate the public on the environment and so many other topics leaves the world a better place and challenges us to be more aware and active. A teacher to the end he even showed us how to leave with grace and love. Dylan and Ian send their love as well.
To the Dunne Family,
Mike and I have been attending retreats together at Manresa for several years. Know that Mike, as well as your entire family, remain in my thoughts and prayers.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Larry Mahoney & Jennifer Bevis
May your memories comfort you in this time of sorrow. I first met when I worked for him as a student intern at the State-Times. I will always remember his kindness, patience and passion for journalism. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know him. God bless.
Mike was one of the best co-workers I ever had. It was a joy to be on the same staff with him. Mike shared his wisdom, humor and knowledge with those around him. It's something I've missed in the 4 years since leaving Baton Rouge. Mike had two big things going for him in journalism: He was one of the best at what he did and he was a nice guy too. This business could use more like him.
To Freda, family and friends,
I read with great sadness of Mike's passing. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I first met Mike a little over 30 years ago, when he was working for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, where he was a sportswriter, as I recall, and I was a summer intern. How far we have all traveled from those days. Mike was a good man, a great character and a fine colleague. I read of his accomplishments with respect and admiration, and I laugh when I remember his biting wit and darting eyebrows. For all the sorrow that arises with his passing, it seems he left each of you with so much more. May those around you console you in grief and join you in celebrating Mike's meaningful life and work.
Our family met Mike in Troop 50 as our sons worked their way to their Eagle. We were impressed with Mike compassion for Scouting, Louisiana and life. We learned a lot from Mike and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Freda, Brad and Dylan. Richard, Joan, Lee and David Abbott
I have long admired Mike's talent, his professionalism and his sense of humor, and I was thankful for his friendship. Along with many, I will miss him. You, your family and Mike are in my prayers and thoughts.
Dear Freda and Dunne Family: My heart goes out to all of you and I know how much you will miss Mike. He was a total sweetheart, with a great New Orleans accent, and always a mischievous Jack Nicholson smile. I recall his love for a particular dog he had back in the 70's--can't remember the dog's name-- but they were inseparable. He was always a great friend and a hard working guy. I know how much he loved you and the boys as well Freda. With much love and affection
Freda and Sons, Mike and I have been attending a silent retreat together at Manresa for almost two decades, and we sat at the same dining table all of that time. Mikes wit and good humor were always treasured, he always gave more than he took. He will be sadly missed, he was my friend.
Vern Ridgeway Belize, Central America
Mike was a wonderful person and leaves good memories and thoughts with his many friends. The world needs more people like Mike. God bless you.
Mike impacted so many of us in the scouting family by his wise instruction. We will miss his contributions greatly. You are in our thoughts & prayers at this time of loss.
To the Dunne family:
I share your grief and mourning at the passing of someone so special as Mike. At the same time, I feel so honored to have known him as colleague and as a friend. God worked through him to change many lives, mine included. He was a very special man. The only comfort I can offer is that I know deep in my heart that he is with God. My deepest and sincerest sympathies are with all of you.
Freda and Sons,
I was very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a compassionate and generous person, and a great raconteur. I will especially remember his kindness during my last tenure at The Advocate.
Sharon (McRae) Gros
Mike Dunne was a journalist of national standing whose intelligence, wit and humor will be sorely missed by his colleagues and readers. I met him in New Orleans in 2003 and was impressed by the depth of his knowledge about the disappearance of wetlands in Southern Louisiana and what it might mean for cities like New Orleans in a major hurricane. Turns out he and many others were right. It was reporters like Mike who kept the nation informed in the aftermath of that tragedy. I'm only sorry I didn't have time to get to know him better.
Mike was and still is an inspiration to me in Scouting. I would have walked away along time ago if it was not for his example. He has taught me so much through his actions and words. He will be GREATLY missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
To the Dunne family:
I came to know Mike through our work in the Boy Scouts. I found him to be a good and decent man, thoroughly committed to helping others. Cherish the beautiful memories which he leaves to us and find solace in the fact that he has returned to his Maker who created him.
Huel D. Perkins
Mike will be misssed by all who knew and loved him.
I will always remember Mike's kindness and humanity he showed when working with the boys of Troop 50 and the Order of The Arrow. He gave freely and unselfishly of his time and his talents and has left an impression on so many that will last in the hearts of all he touched. What better Memorial?
I first met Mike during OWLS Training at Perkins Lodge- he immediately impressed me as someone that had terrific insight, keen wit, and could train. We worked together on many scouting events and I always learned from him. Our 2001 Jambo troop were grateful for his assistance on our last day as we were one of the last to leave- Mike brought us food as the place was quickly clearing. It was Mike Dunne that touched so many locally, regionally, and nationally in scouting- I will truly miss him.
I have known Mike for a long time serving on the Silver Beaver Committee and other Scouting activities. he was a good friend and a wise man with a lot of heart.
I will always remember him and the way he carried himself. He was a true Eagle Scout and showed it in his everyday life works. I will truley miss him. I extend my sencire heratfelt sorrow for his loss to his wife and family. I do know one thing, when he sits with God he will be one of God's best and loyal servents as he was in his natural life. May his soul rest in peace with the Lord. Until we meet again old friend.