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Gladys Bovino Dunn

Gladys Bovino Dunn Obituary
Gladys Bovino Dunn, 89, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2018, from pancreatic cancer. She was the widow of Dr. Robert E. Dunn, who passed away in July 2017. They were married for 59 years. Despite her diagnosis in October 2016, Gladys continued to live a full life for over two years, characterized by her positive spirit, determination and dignity. Gladys was born in Westfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Hannah Brandt Bovino and Peter J. Bovino. A graduate of Westfield, N. J. High School, she continued her education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She was on the staff of the Westfield, N.J. YWCA as a teenage program director for three years and then spent two years at the New Haven, Connecticut YWCA in a similar position. In 1956, she began her career in education as an elementary teacher in West Hartford at Sedgwick, Braeburn, Aiken and Charter Oak Schools. In 1960, she received an M.A. in Education from the University of Hartford and in 1969, a Sixth Year in Guidance from the University of Hartford. Upon receiving this degree, Gladys became a guidance counselor at King Philip Junior High School and Middle School until her retirement in 1990. After their retirement from West Hartford schools, she and Bob spent five years in Seoul, South Korea where Gladys was director of admissions, testing and advanced placement, and Bob was deputy headmaster, at the Seoul International School. In 1995, they returned to West Hartford to enjoy their second retirement. Gladys and Bob were avid world travelers, immersing themselves into other cultures and learning about foreign education systems. They enjoyed thirteen years of winter retreats in Waikiki, Hawaii. Gladys was active in many professional, church and community organizations and maintained a strong lifelong relationship with Bates College. Gladys leaves behind to mourn her a very wide circle of lifelong friends. Contributions in Gladys Dunn's memory may be directed to the Gladys B. and Robert E. Dunn Fund for Youth Leadership at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 10 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06106. Per Gladys' wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be private. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com
Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 11, 2018
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