Paul Dunn
1936 - 2021
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Paul Ashton Dunn March 31, 2021 Surrounded by his family, Paul Ashton Dunn died peacefully on March 31, 2021. Paul was born on May 25, 1936 in New York City. The son of Ashton and Katharine Stryker Dunn, he grew up in New York City and Chappaqua, NY, graduated from the Hotchkiss School in 1954 and from Princeton University in 1958. His lifelong interest in broadcasting began at the college radio station, WPRB, with which he remained active all his life as a charter and advisory trustee. After two years in the U.S. Army, he worked at WMCA in NYC, where he became Assistant to the President. From 1966-68 he was V.P. Station Manager at WGVA in Geneva, NY and from 1968-89 he was President/ General Manager of WTLB and WRCK in Utica, NY. In 1989, he joined public broadcasting stations WCNY-TV/FM in Syracuse, NY as Director of Corporate Communications. At his retirement in 2004, he was V.P. Station Manager of WCNY-FM. Paul served on numerous community boards, including Planned Parenthood of the Mohawk Valley, the Utica Symphony, the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Mohawk Valley Council on Alcoholism (now the Center for Family Life and Recovery), and the Oneida County Historical Society. He was an Oneida County Democratic committee person for the town of Kirkland. In retirement, he enjoyed spending winters in Panajachel, Guatemala, where he volunteered with children at the LIFE School. He was a poor but avid golfer and loved his time at the family camp on Little Long Lake. He was especially proud of his long-term sobriety which began in 1987. He is predeceased by his sister Susan Taylor-Conner, and leaves behind his wife Anne, whom he married in 1964, three children and their spouses, whom he loved and greatly admired, Kate Dunn and Jim Ellis of NYC, Dave and Kelly Dunn of Fayetteville, NY, Nat and Karen Dunn of Fayetteville, NY, eight grandchildren, Cullen and Lucy Dunn Ellis, Kara, Sam and Maggie Dunn, Jared, Ryan and Justin Dunn, and his sister Judith Grant. A memorial service at Stone Presbyterian Church in Clinton, NY will be planned at a safer date. Contributions in his memory may be made to Center for Family Life and Recovery, Utica, NY and the Robert Muller LIFE School, Panajachel, Guatemala, at www.lifeschoolfoundation.com. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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18 entries
April 9, 2021
He was a wonderful man and a great friend
George
Friend
April 9, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful brother-in-law. We will love you and miss you always.
Constance and John Williams.
Family
April 9, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful brother in- law. We will love you and miss you always.
Constance and John Williams
Brother
April 7, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to Mr Dunn’s family.
Teresa Inkawhich
Friend
April 3, 2021
Paul was a good friend who was incredibly helpful to me and many others over the years. Thankyou Paul.
To Paul's family, I send heartfelt condolences.
Jeff Hinman
Friend
April 3, 2021
I too am saddened for the Dunn family. I too associate Paul with those crack-of-dawn golf trips up at the lake, my brother Steve often with him. Having such a close family, as you do, helps greatly - as it did for us after losing Dad. Memories are that much richer when you can share them - and so thank-you very much for posting (on FB) all those photos of Paul with family and friend from over the years. They made me think of the quote “Rather than mourn the absence of the flame, let us celebrate how brightly it burned”.
Betsy Clark
Friend
April 2, 2021
We have lost a good and dear man and best friend. Very sad
Jane and Fred Sillman
Friend
April 2, 2021
Dear Anne, so sad to hear of Paul’s passing. May his legend continue. He was a great man. I feel very fortunate to have known him.
Nora Sosnowski
Friend
April 2, 2021
Paul was a good friend even though we have not seen each other for
quite some time. I recall how worried he was about going to his first
sober college reunion. Some friends advised him that if he felt like he
needed help there, just pick up the phone and call someone.
When he returned from the reunion, he told us that there was a tent for
alums in recovery, and that he found a lot of his sober classmates there.
That idea for a reunion meeting place for alumni in recovery that Paul
told us about got passed on to Dartmouth College which has now had
32 years of reunion meetings. Thankyou, Paul and Princeton for passing it on.
Jeff H
Friend
April 2, 2021
Sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. Working for Paul at WTLB for a dozen years was a privilege. He believed in me and was always open to new ideas of creativity in broadcasting. I admired his commitment to social justice and worthwhile causes. A class guy, indeed. My condolences to Ann and family.
Greg McShea
Coworker
April 2, 2021
Paul was a wondeful man, as nice as one could find. I knew him since his WTLB days and could note much about him. But, I'll stick to his golf. I had the great pleasure of playing with him on Saturday mornings at the Sadaquada for years. I don't think the foursome of Dunn, Paige, Holicky and Potocki was matched by any other in laughes, good talk and pure fun. "Paul Ball" traveled far beyond golf. The memories will always be cherished and Paul's swing legendary. May God bless Paul, Anne and their children.
Rodger Potocki
Friend
April 2, 2021
I had the privilege of working with Paul through the Readout Program.
I always felt welcome as he made me feel like a member of the WCNY family. Thank you for the opportunity.
Richard Isaacs
April 1, 2021
Paul always had a smile and a gentle laugh. During the summers on Little Long Lake, we knew it was a good day when we would see Paul drive by for his early morning golf at Woodgate Pines. We will miss him and have only good memories of Paul. Love and hugs to Anne, Kate, David and Nat.
Kent and Judy Rollins
Friend
April 1, 2021
Saddened to hear of his passing. I worked for Paul many years in the 70’s and 80’s and always admired his commitments to public service and the community at large....
John Simmons
Coworker
April 1, 2021
I just got the news of Paul's passing, while at work in the job for which Paul and Don Dolloff hired me at WCNY-FM back in 2002. Of course, I am saddened at this news. Being here at WCNY all these years has made a lot possible for me over the years, and I am grateful to Paul for giving me a chance here. May his memory be a blessing; my condolences to Paul's family, friends and colleagues.
Marie Lamb
Coworker
April 1, 2021
It was always a treat to see Paul at reunions. He will be missed
Jerry Porter
Classmate
April 1, 2021
Dear Ann and Family,
So sorry to hear about Paul's passing.
We had a lot of good years together and I learned a lot from him.
He was a good man and broadcaster.
Paul will be missed by many.
Mike Roswig
michael roswig
Coworker
April 1, 2021
Hi Ann, so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. We had a lot of good years together. He was a good man. I learned a lot from him. He will be missed by many. Mike Roswig
Michael Roswig
Coworker
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