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Anthony P. Dunn

Anthony ("Tony") Price Dunn was born in New York on October 30, 1958, the son of Anne Christie Chowinski (b.15 Oct 1917; d. 20 Jan 1997) and Elmer Rollins Dunn (b. 16 Aug 1895; d. 1970 in Ontario, Canada), a clerk for an insurance company and later an employee of Encyclopedia Brittanica. The Dunn family (grandparents Elmer Stilson Dunn and Clara Elizabeth McClure, as well as great-grandparents Eliphalet Dunn and Mary Ann Rollins) were longtime residents of Brooklyn. Tony's parents Elmer Rollins Dunn (at age 61) and Anne Chowinski (at age 41) married in 1956, rather late in life, but not quite too late to have a child two years later. The address on Tony's mineral labels (120 Morris Circle, Depew, New York 14043) was their address as well, though Anne may have later had a retirement home at 4803 Shetland Trail, Orlando, Florida.

Tony graduated in 1980 from the State University of New York in Potsdam in Geology and thereafter worked intermittently as a geologist in Anchorage, Alaska, where he died in 1986 after a fall:

Daily Sitka Sentinel, Anchorage, Alaska: Tuesday, July 1, 1986:
"An employee of the Federal Bureau of Mines died after sliding 300 feet down a snow-filled chute on a mountain south of Juneau, officials said Monday. Anthony Dunn, 27, of Anchorage had been flown by helicopter to Hawthorne Peak as part of a surveying party looking at minerals, said Don Blasko, chief of the agency's Alaska field operations center. Saturday afternoon, Dunn was at the 3,000-foot level of the 4,200-foot peak when he apparently lost his footing and slid down the snow chute, Blasko said. At the bottom, Dunn crashed into rocks. He died at the scene and was taken by helicopter the 7 miles back to Juneau, said Alaska State Troopers spokesman Paul Edscorn."

The "Anthony P. (Tony) Dunn Award" was established posthumously by the SUNY Geology Department faculty, in memory of Tony, to be presented to a student deemed to have similar qualities of scholarship, character and love of geology.

In June 1983 Tony founded the S.L.U.G. group (Society of Laidback and Unemployed Geologists).

Tony's mineral collection was average, with the best specimen being a brookite crystal from Wales that he got while in England. He donated some minerals to the Geology Department at Potsdam - celestines and calcites from Amherstburg, Ontario, and a few New York State minerals, all presumably self-collected. His mineral collection was sold by his mother, mostly to Jim and Mary Fong Walker.
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