Howard Dunn, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away, at the age of 92, on August 19, 2020 from injuries sustained in a fall. Predeceased by his parents, Nate and Bea Dunn, and sister, Inez Morrison, Howard is survived by his wife of 48 years, Terry (Shirley) Dunn; son, Jason (Robin Adair), daughter Tory Dunn (Jameson Davis); two grandsons, and one great-granddaughter. A memorial visitation will be held at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 W. Falmouth Hwy (Route 28A), West Falmouth, Monday, August 24, 2020, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, with a short memorial service at 12:30 PM on site. Social distancing, face masks, and hand sanitizing are required. Burial will be private. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library.
Born and raised in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Howard was a graduate of Sharon High School where he first caught the photography bug, serving four years on the yearbook photographic staff. Howard set aside his camera while pursuing a college degree. He was awarded a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh in 1950.
Following graduation Howard was inducted into the United States Army, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He served two years at Camp Gordon, Georgia training new recruits. Following his honorable discharge in 1952, Howard and his former wife, Vicki, moved to Miami, Florida. There, Howard opened his architectural practice on Brickell Avenue in downtown Miami. An avid football fan, Howard began refereeing high school football. Howard also returned to photography primarily to chronicle his young family, and as an important tool in his architectural practice – preserving photographs of his numerous residential projects.
When our Nation’s Capital experienced a building boom, Howard was recruited by a Carnegie Tech classmate and fraternity brother to join a prominent Washington, D.C. architectural firm. Howard brought his cameras and his referee’s uniform to his new home. While he continued to referee high school football, he also began taking trips into the Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside to photograph old barns – barns that have long since fallen to real estate development.
Howard changed architectural firms and began working in an office just a few blocks away from Lafayette Park. On his lunch hour he would take his camera to the park and photograph the diversity of people eating, sunbathing, sleeping or simply enjoying the park. Howard was in Lafayette Park to chronicle the final days of the Nixon presidency, and self-produced a limited number of books chronicling “A Summer in the Park.”
In 1980 Howard was recruited to join a division of the U.S. Department of State. The Foreign Office Buildings Group is responsible for implementing security measures at our embassies and consulates globally, and for overseeing the maintenance of those facilities. While with the State Department Howard made over 50 trips overseas, always taking his camera and on many trips was accompanied by his wife, Terry. It was during these trips that the scope of his photography grew and led to another self-published limited-edition book entitled “A Fortunate Traveler” – later displaying photographs from the book in a show at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
While living in the Washington, D.C. area Howard was the recipient of numerous awards for his photography from the Greater Washington Council of Camera Clubs, the Maryland Council of Camera Clubs, and the Art League of Virginia. In 1978 two of his photographs were selected and hung during the 4th Annual Photography Show sponsored by the prestigious Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Howard’s photographs were exhibited in nearly a dozen shows in the Washington, D.C. area.
After 14 years with the State Department, Howard retired. He and his wife Terry moved to a house in West Falmouth that Howard helped design with a local architect. During the 24 years in that house, Howard enjoyed driving about the Cape to take photographs, walking with Terry and their dog Grisham in Bebe Woods, and rooting for his beloved New England Patriots and Falmouth Commodores. Howard became an avid bridge player with Terry as his partner. On the Cape, Howard continued to display his photographs in shows at such venues as the Falmouth Library, Highfield Hall, the Cataumet Arts Center, and the Cape Code Museum of Fine Arts, which includes several of Howard’s works in its collection. Howard also added to his collection of awards for his photographs.
In 2018 Howard and Terry moved from Falmouth to Southport in Mashpee where Howard made new friends over bridge, and where he enjoyed walking to the Southport Community Center to swim and work out in the gym. Walks in Bebe Woods with Terry and Grisham continued as did his photographic forays. After recovering from an injury in the fall of 2018 that made it difficult for Howard to work in a darkroom, he turned his artistic energies to watercolors. With his darkroom space converted into a studio, Howard began mastering the difficult art of watercolor with encouragement and guidance from Terry who paints in a studio that adjoins Howard’s.
Howard will be remembered for his warmth, his art, and his love of life. He will be missed by all who knew him.