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1928 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
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Thomas E. Dunham

1928 - 2015 NEWFANE - Thomas E. Dunham died quietly at home on August 27th after an extended illness. Ted, as he was known, was born in Richmond, VA on October 8, 1928 to Capt. (USN) Thomas Dunham and Elizabeth (Cocke) Dunham of Mallorca, Spain and Alexandria, VA. For the first 11 years of his life, Ted lived in Geneva, Switzerland returning to the United States in 1939 when WWII broke out. He graduated from Kent School in 1947 and Dartmouth College, Class of 1952. Ted began flying at age 16 and was a passionate pilot his whole life. Coming from a military family dating back to the Civil War, he joined the Marines at age 18 where he stayed for two years. Later he joined the Navy where he was a pilot attached to VC-4, an all-weather night squadron aboard the USS Wasp. He saw active duty during the Korean War. In 1954 he married Joan Ellis of Ventnor City, NJ. After completing his college degree he joined the international division of Mobil Oil. His first assignment was in Yaounde, Cameroon where the couple spent two years. They then moved to Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo-Brazzaville for a year and a half. Ted and Joan had many wonderful adventures in Africa. They traveled by car & small plane throughout the region, met unique and colorful individuals and learned about and embraced other cultures. Then it was on to Denmark and Sweden as Ted continued his career with Mobil Oil. In 1966 Ted joined Nordson, SA as its European Director and the family that now included a daughter and a son moved to Brussels, Belgium where they lived for 11 years before returning to the United States in 1977. Ted was a linguist, a teacher, a skier, an author, a scuba diver and a lover of classical music, fine wine and good food. A refined and complex man, Ted loved adventure requiring skill, self-confidence and a great deal of risk. He was very proud of his Virginia ancestors who were early planters and who founded the University of Virginia and the Virginia Military Institute. Ted is survived by his wife, Joan, his daughter, Karen Dunham, his son, Dr. Brian Dunham, his daughter-in-law, Dr. Wynne Morrison, his two granddaughters, Ellie and Anna Dunham of Cherry Hill, NJ and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his half-brothers, Philip and Spencer Field, and his sister, Claire Dunham Lincoln. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at Grace Cottage of Townsend, especially Dr. Geurts for their patience, kindness and expertise, and the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire for their guidance, care and companionship at the end of Ted's life. Atamaniuk Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an online register book with messages of condolence please visit : www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 1, 2015
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