LeRoy Dunn

March 25, 1925 - August 4, 2015
LeRoy Dunn


LeRoy Dunn, PhD. age 90, of Wilmington, passed away August 4, 2015 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born on March 25, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, to Goodman and Rose Dunn. The 8th child of 10, he attended Erasmus Hall High School and at 17 joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific during WWII.

After the Marines he attended American University in Washington, DC, completing his degree in less than 3 years. He worked at the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC.

Before taking up a fellowship to study economics in London, Dr. Dunn went to Paris to pursue his life-long passion for opera and singing, studying as a tenor.

In 1952 he attended the London School of Economics. In London he met his wife Gaby and his daughters were born. After completing his PhD with a dissertation on estate taxation Dr. Dunn initially taught at Brown University. The family then moved to Hartford, CT, where his sons were born.

Dr. Dunn taught economics at Trinity College for over 30 years, riding his bicycle to and from work each day for most of his career (a practice still carried out by his son David and grandson Anson). Dr. Dunn did insightful research in the 70’s working with the U.S. Senate on energy issues during the oil embargo. In 1996 LeRoy and Gaby moved to Washington, DC, and in 2013 to Wilmington, NC.

His surviving family includes his wife Gabriele Weissrock Dunn; four children Rebecca Dunn Reinmann (and husband Paul) of Wilmington, Louise Dunn Gendelman (and husband Joel) of Pfafftown, David (and wife Tamara Dunietz) of Bethesda, MD, and Jonathan of Wellington, New Zealand; seven grandchildren Anson (and wife Audrey), Owen (and wife Anne), Renee, Michael, Eitan, Benjamin, and Simone; and a great grandson Roland.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday August 6th at 10 AM at the Temple of Israel new Jewish cemetery located at N.18th Street and Princess Place Drive, Wilmington, NC.

Donations can be made in his honor to the Temple of Israel, 1 S.4th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • August 06, 2015
    Carole & Ronald Lehrer says:
    Leroy was a wonderful, warm and loving Uncle and Great-Uncle to us and to our children. We all miss him but will remember him and all he accomplished during his life. We are glad to have known him and will always remember the wonderful Thanksgiving Holidays we spent with him and his family.

  • August 08, 2015
    mr and mrs burt millette says:
    The memories of Leroy Dunn will always be with you to pass on to your grandchildren.

  • August 07, 2015
    Danielle says:
    Uncle Leroy had a beautiful singing voice, tongue in cheek humor and understated perceptiveness. He was one of a kind and I'll miss him tremendously. My condolences and love to my cousins and Aunt on the loss of their Dad and husband.

  • August 07, 2015
    Andrew Cagen says:
    I am saddened by my uncle's loss and am glad I had the opportunity to see him at Gaby's birthday party last year. I warmly remember the short period during which he and Gaby stayed with my family when I was a child and our trips to Hartford to visit his family. The world with miss him. Andrew Cagen (sister Sylvia's son)

  • August 07, 2015
    Sandy Crumrine says:
    Dear Rebecca and family - I did not know your father but his obituary describes a hard-working, intelligent, and highly accomplished man. I see those same traits in Rebecca and now I now where they come from. I've learned many things about Rebecca's family since we began working together a few years ago. A favorite is hearing Rebecca talk about the conversations that occurred around the Dunn dinner table. I hope the memory of those conversations, and all the many other ways Leroy blessed his family, will live on and sustain you during this difficult time.