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JUDITH KATHERINE DUNNING


1948 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
JUDITH KATHERINE DUNNING Obituary
DUNNING, Judith Katherine Died of a brain tumor at her home in El Cerrito, California on September 25, 2016 . She is survived by her son, Michael Dunning Liebman. Her beloved husband, James Andrew Liebman, died of a brain tumor in 2010. Her parents were the late Margery McAleer Dunning and the late George Gerard Dunning of Weymouth and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her siblings and partners are Michael A. Dunning and Elizabeth McNichols Dunning; Jean Marie and Henry Godin, all of Barnstable, MA; G. Steven Dunning and Judy G. Dunning, of Jacksonville, FL; and Margery Ann and Norman Yoshida, of Portland, OR. Judith leaves 17 nieces and nephews and 15 grandnieces and grandnephews. She is survived by the extended Liebman family. Judith was an oral historian and a photographer. She worked at the Regional Oral History Office of the University of California at Berkeley; Lowell National Historical Park; Charlestown Navy Yard; and as an independent researcher. Her interviewees spoke in their own words about life experiences, from Mississippi sharecropping to building the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. She recorded the stories and songs of three generations of women in Boston's North End, Charlestown Navy Yard shipyard workers, textile mill workers in Lowell, MA, and WW II Kaiser shipyard workers in Richmond, CA, and California farmers, fishermen and whalers. From her project in Richmond, she developed the New Readers Series using the stories of adults learning to read as curriculum material. Her photographs were featured in exhibits, including Lowell: A Community of Workers and On San Francisco Bay with the Ghio Brothers. Judith's ashes will be put to sea near the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland. Her beloved husband will join her. It was a place they both loved.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 3, 2016
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