Gloria Dunne was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and community advocate. She died in her home on July 24, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She is greatly missed. |
With her desire to preserve open spaces and town character, Gloria was an active member of the La Jolla Shores Association, monitoring city agendas and organizing community letters. She served on the La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance Advisory Board, which plays a critical role in evaluating planned development. She and other residents fought successfully to maintain the town scale through land use standards and stopping a freeway extension across Mount Soledad. One campaign she became passionate for was the 30-foot height limit for coastal areas of San Diego, approved by voters in 1972. As a result of these policies, San Diego has some of the most beautiful coastal views and beach public access in the world.
Gloria Dunne enjoyed nature, visits to the beach, and family picnics. She loved the view from her kitchen window, and the wildflowers that grew in the gully near her house. Her greatest love was her husband and family. Her proudest work was raising her four children.
Gloria grew up in Los Angeles, and lived in La Jolla since 1957. She graduated from University of Colorado with a BA in economics, and worked at the California Institute of Technology.
Gloria is survived by her husband, Dr. Brian Dunne II; her children, Maya Dunne and husband, John, Annie Dunne and husband, Tony, Eileen Dunne, and Brian Dunne III and wife, Zhang Peng; grandchildren, Paul, Sage, Kara and Liam; sister, Neita; sister-in-law, Ceci; nieces, Lisa, Susan, Shawn, Lesley and Amy; and nephews, Paul, Kevin, Bobby and Cecil Wayne.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to: YMCA of San Diego County, 3708 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123, http://www.ymca.org/gifts.html, or Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011, http://www.nrdc.org/joingive.
Published in La Jolla Light from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14, 2013