Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 4, 2017
Frederick L. Dunn
FREDERICK L. DUNN, JR. Passed away at peacefully
at his home on January 31, 2017.
Born in Washington, DC on December 30, 1922, he
was the son of Frederick L Dunn and Ida Isabel Williams
Dunn who preceded him in death. His wife of 50 years,
Janet Griffith Dunn, preceded him in death in 1995.
He is survived by his daughter, Janet Dunn Cumblidge and her husband, David G.
Cumblidge of Hagerstown, MD. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Raymond
Eugene Dunn of Gaithersburg, MD; and grandchildren, Mary Cumblidge Hessong and
husband, Daniel Hessong of Hagerstown, MD, Randall Lee Cumblidge and wife,
Mikaela Barbour Cumblidge of Clarksburg, WV and Matthew David Cumblidge of
Hagerstown, MD. He is further survived by one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace
Hessong and several nieces and nephews.
Upon graduation from Central High School in Washington, DC in 1942, he enrolled
in college. He interrupted his education to enlist in the Navy where he served as a
Pharmacist's Mate in Hawaii. While in the Navy, he attended classes at Franklin &
Marshall College and at the University of Pennsylvania. After the war, he resumed his
education at the University of Maryland where he completed his BA in Education in 1948,
his Masters' in 1951 and Doctorate in 1959.
He married his childhood sweetheart, Janet Elizabeth Griffith on March 23, 1946.
Dr. Dunn taught at several county schools and was the Special Assistant to the
Superintendent in charge of Desegregation of Montgomery County Public Schools in
1955. He was the first principal of Robert E. Peary High School in Rockville in 1960
where he started the Robert E. Peary Pipe Band in 1961. Many of the students continued
to play after graduation and the MacMillan Pipe Band was formed. The grade 5
competition band was renamed in 2014 to the MacMillan-Dunn Pipe Band.
After his retirement in 1976 he cared for his elderly parents and mother-in-law. He
enjoyed spending time at the family's summer home at White Point Beach on the
Potomac River near Leonardtown, Md. where he loved to crab and fish. He was active in
several community organizations and served on the scholarship committee for Central
High School. He was a member of the National Stansbury-Dawson Lodge #12.
The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at
Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702. Masonic
services will begin at 2 p.m. with funeral services to follow.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rockville High School Pipe
Band Booster Club (RHSPBBC) c/o Carolyn Hurt, Treasurer, 19331 Frenchton Place,
Montgomery Village, MD 20886. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family
Stauffer Funeral Home
1621 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702