William Joel Dunn

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MERIDEN - William Joel Dunn, 71, of Meriden died at home early Saturday, March 15, 2014. Born in New Haven on June 30, 1942, he was the son of the late Irving and Ethel Dunn.

He is survived by his brother, Saul Eli Dunn; sister, Susan Dunn Starr; niece Beth Starr Lovell and her husband, Michael, and their son, Aaron; nephew, Jonathan Starr, cousins Elma T. Guttenberg; Miriam Galewitz; Charlotte Krosnick; Abigail Caplan; Priscilla Caplan; Ellen Barson; and their families.

Bill graduated from Hillhouse High School, and earned a degree in accounting from Quinnipiac College. After graduating, Bill began his professional career as comptroller at Home Meat Center. He soon pursued his individual interests and started his own business as a dealer and collector of rare books, creating Dunn's Mysteries of Choice which later became Dunn & Powell. He retired from a 40-year career that was well-known by collectors all over the world.

Bill loved travelling to book shows, collecting books, songwriting, and eating at greasy spoons. He was an Ayn Rand enthusiast, and believed in Libertarian principles. Known as Husky Bill on the Boneyard, he was a lifelong, dedicated UCONN Husky fan who, with his brother, traveled to approximately one thousand men's and women's basketball games, including driving to and between championship games in New Orleans and San Antonio in 2004.

Donations in Bill's memory can be made to Horn of Africa Education Development Fund, c/o Susan Starr, 27 Dick Drive, Worcester, MA 01609; or to the .

Funeral services at the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven, Monday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m., with interment services to follow at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, New Haven.
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Robert E. Shure Funeral Home
543 George Street New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 562-8244
Published in The Record-Journal on Mar. 16, 2014
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