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DUNBAR--Ernest, a globe-trotting journalist and the first black reporter hired by a national magazine, died on February 3, 2011, after a long illness. He was 83 years old and lived in Manhattan. He joined Look Magazine as a reporter in 1954 and was Senior Editor from 1959 until Look ceased publication in 1971. He was also the author of two books: The Black Expatriates (1968) and Nigeria (1974). From 1975 until 1990 he was the Chief Editor of Publications for the Exxon Corporation. He is survived by his sisters Lorraine Randle of Philadelphia, PA and Wilhelmina Johnson of Aldan, PA., his daughter, Dr. Hepsharatt Amadi, and son-in-law Qenmaakes Amadi, of Coral Springs, FL, his son Dean Dunbar and daughter-in-law Terry Cade of Manhattan, and four grandchildren: Lauren Dunbar and Makeda, Ausar, and Kamaria Amadi. In accordance with his wishes his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, on March 17th at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ernest Dunbar to: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library, 5l5 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, New York 10037-1801.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 13, 2011
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