Dr. Francis R. Dunning
1934 - 2021
Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home
4309 Acme Road
Ilion, NY
Dr. Francis R. Dunning 1934 - 2021
HERKIMER - Dr. Francis R. Dunning (Bud), age 87, went to his eternal rest, on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, with his loving wife and family by his side.
He was born on January 30, 1934, in Herkimer, to James and Margaret (Doyle) Dunning, the youngest of seven children. Bud was an excellent student, excelling in math and science. He graduated salutatorian of his class at the age of 17, from Mohawk High School Class of 1951. He went on to study mathematics and science earning a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate from SUNY Albany and an additional Master's of Science from Syracuse University. Bud had a love of learning, which was the focus of his life. He taught math and science at Madison Central, Frankfort and Herkimer Central School, before starting his career at Mohawk Valley Community College where he was Professor in the Physical Science Department and Dean of Division of Technology and Business. He taught from 1963 to 1995. He pioneered use of industry advisory committees. He led creation of several programs in Chemical Technology, Photonics and Solar Energy Technology. He won several prestigious National Science Foundation grants. He received SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1990. He was a scientist and innovative educator. Professor Emeritus Dunning was inducted into the Mohawk Valley Community College Hall of Fame in October 2003.
Bud married his high school sweetheart, Angela Cushman, in 1955 and together they had three children. Angie and Bud spent 66 wonderful years together, enjoying much traveling and cruising to many countries in Europe and Caribbean islands, as well as extensive travel throughout the U.S. Bud's studies also took him and his family to Oak Ridge, TN, Arlington, TX and Fullerton, CA.
Bud was a hard worker and also built houses during his summers off from teaching, learning much from his father who worked in construction. Bud build three homes for his family over the years and especially enjoyed starting new projects on the homes. Bud was a wonderful family man, always putting his family first. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. In addition to faithfully attending weekly Mass, he was also a Eucharistic Minister.
Bud was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Helen Wilson, Mary Burke and Patricia Doxtader; two brothers, James (Bob) Dunning and Charles (Bill) Dunning; sister-in-law, Rose Biasini; and brother-in-law, Glenn Lawrence.
Bud is survived by his wife, Angela; children, Susan (Dominick) DiFiore, of Wynantskill, NY, Steven Dunning (Jeff Linebeck), of Manchester, VT and Mary Beth (Robert) Fitzgerald, of Midlothian, VA; five grandchildren, Daniel (Kathryn) DiFiore, Robert (Jessica) DiFiore, Mark (Danielle) DiFiore, Liam (Danielle) Fitzgerald and Lily Fitzgerald; seven great-grandchildren, Jackson, Alexander, Norah, Tessa, Calvin, Samuel and Dante DiFiore. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret Hall; brother-in-law, Stanley Biasini; his six sisters-in-law, Evelyn Dunning, Patricia Lawrence, Marion (Bernard) White, Kathleen (Thomas) Marchese, Anne (Fred) Schell and JoAnne (Al) Burrill; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bud also leaves many friends, including dance friends from the 100 Club, Patricians and Senior Swing, at the Turning Stone.
The Dunning family wishes to thank Bud's caregivers at the Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home, Troy, for the wonderful care he received during his illness.
Calling hours will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd. (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY.
Funeral services will be held at noon, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd. (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Francis de Sales Church, 219 N. Bellinger St., Herkimer. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer.
In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Church, 219 N. Bellinger St., Herkimer, NY 13350, or Mohawk Valley Community College, Dr. Francis R. Dunning Scholarship Fund, 1101 Sherman Dr., Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
All funeral arrangements for Bud have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, Ilion and were prearranged with Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000.
Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.

Published by Times Telegram from Jul. 17 to Jul. 19, 2021.
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Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home
4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY
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Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home
4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Francis de Sales Church
219 N. Bellinger St., Herkimer, NY
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Deepest condolences from the bottom of my heart , he was a lovely man with a beautiful family , he will be so missed
Kelly Hamilton
July 21, 2021
To the Dunning family, Dr. Dunning, Professor Dunning , Fran...was one of the best at MVCC. He was a student advocate and his concern was that students received the best education so that they would be successful as they transferred to 4 year colleges. So many times the 4 year colleges commented on how far ahead the MVCC students coming out of the Engineering Science program were in comparison to other students. Fran was consistent and fair to his department members. He was one of the best Deans that MVCC ever had and I was blessed to work under his guidance. I learned so much from him. He will be missed by so many. He played an important part in thousands of students lives. I was blessed to have known him and worked with him. My sincere condolences to Fran´s family. Celia Domser
Celia Domser
July 18, 2021
To the entire Dunning family: We send all our prayers for this great man. A prayerful Catholic and honored to have been a trusted colleague and friend @ Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). Samuel L. and Janice L. Russo, Jr
Samuel L. Russo, Jr.
July 17, 2021
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