David Charles Munn
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AGE: 72 • Gloucester City
On April 12, 2014 of Gloucester City, NJ, age 72.
He was the beloved father of Melissa Medina (Todd) and Ward Munn (Lauren), dear brother of Bruce Munn and loving grandfather of Sophia and Mia Munn and Natalie and Charlie Medina.
Dave's intense interest in local history led him to obtain an undergraduate degree in history from Rutgers University and a Masters in Library Science at Drexel University. He then pursued a professional career as a librarian, working for a number of years at the New Jersey State Library, Bureau of Archives and History, before becoming the director at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Subsequently, he joined the Atlantic County Library System, working at the main library in Mays Landing before becoming the branch manager at the library system's Hammonton Branch. He continued fulfilling that role until his retirement. He also served as the president of the Camden County Historical Society and in a number of other capacities at this organization. An accomplished author, during the nation's bicentennial, Mr. Munn wrote a pamphlet titled, Battles and Skirmishes of New Jersey, published by the New Jersey Bureau of Geology and Topography, Department of Environmental Protection, to accompany a map about the Revolutionary War in the state that Dave and Kemble Widmer prepared and published by the same state agency. Mr. Munn also wrote A Partner in Protection Since 1880, a history of the Philadelphia Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company in 1981 as well as articles and pamphlets about Pomona Hall and the Cooper family. Dave possessed amazing editorial skills and fulfilled that role for the 1976 history of Camden County, William Leap's history of Runnemede, William Farr's Waterways of Camden County, and Dennis Raible's Down a Country Lane, among other works he edited. An indefatigable researcher, Dave spent many years researching the history of his hometown, Gloucester City, and prepared a 150-page manuscript history of Gloucester from 1677-1840 and it contains over 900 footnotes. Dave also researched and wrote a history of the Atlantic County Game Preserve. He was always ready to help anyone seeking to research or publish local history or New Jersey genealogy. In addition to his memberships in the Camden County and Gloucester County Historical Society, he also belonged to the Gloucester City Historical Society. David was a founding member of the West Jersey History Roundtable and he thoroughly enjoyed each monthly meeting where local historians gathered to discuss research and projects. He usually had research or writing advice for the members who spoke and held everyone to the highest standard for their historical work. Professionally, he was a member of the New Jersey Library Association and usually attended the organization's annual gathering. Upon the death of his cousin, Jack Corcoran, the West Jersey Council of Proprietors conveyed a fractional share of West New Jersey to Dave, making him an official proprietor and the contact person for the annual meeting in Gloucester City. Mr. Munn also served as the chairman of the Gloucester City Historic Preservation Commission for many years, protecting the city's historic buildings and overseeing an intensive-level survey of the city during his tenure. An avid book collector, Dave assembled an amazing and diverse range of material on the history of New Jersey. During his years of collecting, he specialized in New Jersey fiction, New Jersey poetry, and became an autodidactic scholar of Walt Whitman. Aware of what his collection contained, Dave arranged for all of his material to be gifted to Special Collections at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where it is now safely housed.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. David's Memorial Service will be held 12:00 Noon at the funeral home. Interment of Ashes will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gloucester City, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting gifts be made to the Stockton College Foundation's Library Fund. Checks should be written out to "The Stockton College Foundation" and sent to The Stockton Foundation, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway, NJ 08205. Please note "In Memory of David Munn" on the memo line.www.etheringtonfh.com
Creran Funeral Home
400 White Horse Pike
Oaklyn, NJ 08107
Published in Courier-Post on Apr. 16, 2014