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Edward Campbell (Ed) DUNN

DUNN, Edward (Ed) Campbell Age 91, devoted and caring husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, passed away on October 1, 2012 in Naples, FL. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Crawford Dunn in 2009. They shared 65 years of marriage and a life filled with children, grandchildren, careers and civic responsibilities. Ed was well known in Nashville as a successful businessman, civic leader and a loyal friend. He is survived by his four children: Karen Noel Cochran and her husband Kent Cochran of Nashville, TN, and Emigrant, MT, John Gilbert Dunn and his wife Anne Dunn of Brentwood, TN, Sally Dunn of New York City, and Andrew Donelson Dunn of Nashville, TN; six grandchildren: John Edward Noel of Atlanta, GA, Andrew Dunn Noel and his wife Dixie Noel of Portland, OR, Amy Dunn Patz and her husband Dan Patz of Nashville, TN, Ian Campbell Dunn of New York City, Katherine Elaine Schreiber of New York City and Edward Campbell Dunn II of Nashville, TN; two great- grandchildren: Milo Edward Noel and Anders Hopkins Noel of Portland, OR. Also surviving Ed are his brothers, Robert Dunn of Stowe, VT and Naples, FL, Harry Smith Dunn of Naples, FL and Sarah Lee Howell of Durham, NC. Ed also was predeceased by his brother, John Donelson Dunn of Nashville, TN. Ed was born in 1921 in Gallatin, TN. As a young boy, his family moved to Detroit, MI as did many Tennesseans following WWI. A graduate from Wayne State University, Ed was selected to be a member of the Army's American Specialized Training Program (ASTP), being trained at Stanford University and the University of Oregon to work in post war government infrastructure in Europe. Ed served as a sergeant in Field Artillery in Italy and his unit was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war, Ed worked in Detroit at the Redford Record on one of the largest national weekly newspapers. Ed began his long career with Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company in 1950 in the Detroit agency. In 1959, he returned to Nashville as the General Agent for the company. Adding branch offices in Memphis and Chattanooga, he was president of Dunn-Lemly-Sizer, Inc., a group insurance marketing company that handled the Tennessee Medical Association's Group Life Insurance Plan and the Tennessee Society of CPA's group life and health coverage. He served as president of the Nashville Life Underwriters Association and later was president of the state organization. In 1978, Ed was chosen Man of the Year by the State Life Underwriters. Ed was elected national president of the Mutual Benefit Life's General Agents Association in 1969-1970. He was a chartered life underwriter and a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and achieved this distinction for 18 years. In 1977, Ed was appointed to the Metropolitan Development and Housing authority (MDHA) of Nashville by Mayor Richard Fulton, and was reappointed to this position by succeeding mayors for 25 years, becoming the longest serving commissioner in the history of the MDHA. As chairman of the Urban Development Committee, he oversaw the building of the Nashville Convention Center and the National Football League stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. In 1978, Ed was named to the Board of the Nashville Memorial Hospital and later participated in its sale and establishment of the Nashville Memorial Foundation. He served on the Board of Trustees and Financial and Grants Committee until 2005. During his tenure, the Foundation awarded a grant to renovate "Grassmere" at the Nashville Zoo, which was an historic home built in 1810 by his great-great-great-grandfather, Michael Dunn. In addition to Ed's business career and civic appointments, Ed was also active in Tennessee Democratic politics, dating from Congressman Dick Fulton to Al Gore, senior to his son Al Gore, Junior. Ed enjoyed participating in family politics, including the 2002 election of his grandson, John Edward Noel, to the Georgia House of Representatives and the multiple campaigns of his daughter-in-law, Anne Dunn, as Brentwood City Commissioner. Ed was a direct descendent of Colonel John Donelson and General Daniel Smith, and was proud of the role his family played in the founding of Nashville and Campbellsville. His family sat around the dinner table many times hearing wonderful stories of their ancestors, and it instilled in them pride that they were part of the history of Tennessee. Ed's memoirs and journals left detailed accounts to be shared with succeeding generations. The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 1101 Lebanon Road. A Memorial Service to celebrate Ed's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 27th in the Mount Olivet Funeral Home chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family notes that contributions can be made in Ed's name to the MDHA Resident Scholarship Fund at 701 South 6th Street, Nashville, TN 37206; or Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 4980 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34109. MOUNT OLIVET FUNERAL HOME, (615) 255-4193.
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Published in The Tennessean on Oct. 26, 2012
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