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John Laurance Dunning ’34

Published in July 3, 1996, issue

John Dunning, artist and resident for the past 21 years of East Boothbay, Maine, who scored a major triumph in 1988 when what he termed his "masterpiece" was chosen for exhibition at the state's largest art show, died May 19, 1996, in Boothbay Harbor.

A member of the board of directors of the local Brick House Gallery from 1980-88, John created "Greenhouse Days: Boothbay 2088" during the 1988 summer heat wave. It was his attempt, he said, to "visualize life in a typical New England seacoast resort after a century in which the socalled greenhouse effect will have sharply raised temperatures throughout the world." The painting was exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

John retired in 1975 as assistant director of Radio Free Europe. He lived in Princeton for 20 years before moving to Maine, where, besides his painting, he kept busy with, in his words, "miscellaneous performing and visual arts promotion for young and old."

John's wife, Jacqueline Creamer Dunning, died in 1972. Surviving are a daughter, Jennifer, two sons, John and Jeremy, and a brother, Hubert S. Dunning '32. To them we offer our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1934

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