Frank Anthony Dunn

Frank Anthony Dunn

AGE: 95 • Fair Haven

Frank Anthony Dunn Jr., 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at King James Care One in Atlantic Highlands. He was born in Albany, N.Y. where he graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1935. He attended school during the day and RCA Radio School at night. Upon graduation, he worked as test man and trouble shooter for signal core transmitters at General Electric Company and then Service Manager for Todd Machine Company, Rochester, New York. He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served his country as Master Sergeant in the Signal Corps at Ft. Monmouth. He taught radio communications, ground radio equipment repair and wrote and organized aircraft maintenance. He met his bride to be, Marjorie Erickson who worked for the commanding officer at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook and was married in 1943. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945 and began his civilian career at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel.

During his 36 years of service and research, he designed and built RF & IF circuits, obtained a patent on a field displacement isolator, worked on project Echo and Telstar, optics, laser & fiber optics research resulting in his second Bell Lab's patent (the handling and polishing of KDP). He was also known locally for his home based business, F&S TV and Appliances. He built his family's first television himself.

Frank enjoyed a well-earned retirement. He loved boating, swimming and water-skiing at his childhood summer retreat at Lake George, N.Y. and began a tradition in the family for yearly trips back to the lake as the family grew in size. He also spent many summers at Little Monmouth Beach Club, where he enjoyed the pool and walks (and talks) on the beach. He loved to tend his tomato garden and prize "Early Girl" tomatoes which he shared with friends and family. When fall came, his love of the outdoors continued as he enjoyed daily 5 mile walks in the area and was a loyal fan of Rumson Fair Haven and Wagner College football games. His love of skating in the winter began when he was 6 on local canals and continued on into his 80's at Shrewsbury, South Mountain and Old Bridge arena. He taught the art of speed skating to a legally blind Long Branch woman and spent time finding and refurbishing old speed skates for new students. Frank also enjoyed collecting Lionel trains and old records, particularly the Big Band Era which he danced to when he was younger.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie of 66 years. He is survived by his son, Bruce and his wife Robin Dunn of Fair Haven; his daughter, Carol and her husband Michael Austin of Fair Haven; his grandchildren, Eric Dunn, Lori Hoffman, and Spencer Austin; and 6 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Allison, Gracyn, Graham, Jake and Hailey.

Family and friends are invited for a Memorial Gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lunch Break in Red Bank, through their website at Frank was a volunteer there for many years and was proud of the service they provided to the community.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 6, 2013