Thomas G. Dunne, Ph.D., 89, of Tualatin, OR, died peacefully on Sunday, April 5. Born in 1930 in Los Angeles, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary A. Dunne, and grew up in the small chemical company town of Westend, CA, on Searles Lake in the Mojave Desert. He graduated from nearby Trona High School in 1948, and received a B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA in 1952 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Washington in 1957. Dr. Dunne then worked as a chemist at Central Research labs at IBM and as a post-doctoral fellow at MIT.
In 1963 Dr. Dunne joined the faculty of Reed College in the Chemistry Department. For over four decades, he taught a variety of Chemistry and Environmental Science courses to Reed undergraduates, advised dozens of Reed thesis research students, and chaired the Chemistry Department for several years. In his honor, one of his Chemistry advisees endowed an annual lecture named after him.
Dr. Dunne was a very active, 64-year member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Portland Section. He was the former chair of the Portland Section and was an active member of the ACS Northwest Region Board of Directors. Dr. Dunne was a longtime member of the Sierra Club and active in environmental issues; he was a participant in the Reed Emeritus Book Club, and also active in the City Club of Portland, and the Searles Valley Historical Society of Trona, California.
Dr. Dunne leaves his brother, C. Patrick Dunne, Ph.D., and wife Maureen of Framingham, MA, his nieces and their spouses, Kerry Dunne and Adam Steiner of Framingham, MA, Eileen Dunne and Jack Daniels of Boise, ID, Erin Dunne and Ryan Ellis of Waltham, MA. He leaves three grand nieces, Nora Steiner, Margaret Steiner and Veronica Ellis, and a grand nephew, Indigo Ellis. He is also survived by Beatriz and Stokely Beckford of Chicago, IL, his cousin, Joan Murphy of Palo Cedro, CA, and close friend Ron Sato, of Portland, OR.
There will be no services. Remembrances may be sent to Reed College, the Portland Section of the American Chemical Society, or the Alzheimers Association.
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