The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 4, 2013

John P. Dunlop, 83, Lewisburg

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — John P. Dunlop, 83, of 702 Hillcrest Lane, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at his home in Lewisburg.  

He was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Kansas City, Mo., a son of the late John P. and Marie (Stewart) Dunlop.  He and his wife of 55 years, the former Gail Mulford, were married Aug. 9, 1957.

John was a 1947 graduate of Joplin (Missouri) High School. He served honorably in the Air Force during the Korean conflict, after completing college at Southwest Missouri State (now named Missouri State University). There, in 1952, he received his bachelor of science degree in education. After his discharge from the Air Force, he enrolled in the University of Texas. In 1957, he graduated with a M.Ed. degree.  His major was educational psychology. In 1966, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. His major at UCONN was educational administration.

John’s two priorities in his adult life were his work and his family. During most of his working years, John was engaged in college and university Student Life Administration. The last 26 years of his career were spent at Bucknell University, where he served as Dean of Students. John joined the Bucknell administration in September of 1962. Prior to coming to Lewisburg, he served as Assistant to the Dean of Men at the University of Cincinnati for three years. In 1960, he accepted the position of Associate Dean of Students for Men’s Affairs at the University of Connecticut, serving there for six years.

Throughout his career in higher education, John’s concern for and assistance to students and student organizations were widely recognized and appreciated. In 1972, the student body of Bucknell dedicated its yearbook, the L’Agenda, to both Professor John Tilton and Dean Dunlop. In its dedication to the Dean, the students described him as “…a man whose warmth and understanding, patience, and energetic spirit are recognized by all who have come into contact with him.”

Dean Dunlop was honored by the Bucknell Alumni Greek Council with the Harold R. Stiefel Recognition Award for “…significantly contributing to the improvement and advancement of the Greek System at Bucknell.”  The Black Alumni Association of Bucknell commended Dean Dunlop for “…nearly a quarter century of outstanding service to the Bucknell Community…and for…helping to make Bucknell an exciting part of the lives of many African American students and their families.”  Toward the end of his career, the Bucknell Interfraternity Council presented him with the Gary A. Sojka Leadership Award which is given annually “to an individual who has advanced the interest of the Greeks and best exemplifies the ideals and values of Greek Life at Bucknell.”  Additionally, John received a coveted Bucknell Bison watch in recognition of long friendship with and support of Bucknell athletics.

In the Spring of 1995, the Pan-Hellenic and Interfraternity Councils of Bucknell established the John P. Dunlop Commitment to Excellence Award to be presented annually to a male and female senior student who, “…through their leadership, service, scholarship and campus and or community involvement have exemplified the ideals and values of Greek Life and the mission of Bucknell University.”

John was also the recipient of the Burma Bucknell Award, which is given annually to an individual who has significantly promoted intercultural and international diversity and understanding.

In 1997, the John P. Dunlop Scholarship was established by Bucknell alumni and friends of John’s.  Preference for the award is given to “those students demonstrating outstanding leadership to the Bucknell Community, as was encouraged by Dunlop.”

John’s rapport with students and their respect for him played a major role in Bucknell’s successful passage through the Vietnam War period.  John Zeller, former Vice President for Administration and Finance and General Counsel for the University and widely regarded as “Mr. Bucknell”, cited that role:  “I think John Dunlop deserves credit for getting Bucknell through that period without any major catastrophes, riots, that kind of thing.  He had the unique ability and patience to listen to students when the rest of us would have been climbing up the wall.”

Perhaps the most telling tribute paid to John was an editorial on the occasion of his retirement by the Editors of the student newspaper, The Bucknellian, titled “Dunlop’s Retirement Ends an Era.”  In the editorial, the following statement of student appreciation appeared:  “We can only hope that Dean Dunlop’s successor and any other new employee of the university will bring with them the calming and cooperative attitude that he takes with him when he departs, for it is people like Dean Dunlop that make Bucknell a place to which alumni want to return.”

In addition to his wife Gail, John is survived by his older son and daughter-in-law, Stewart M. and Lynda F. Dunlop of North Conway, N.H., and his youngest son and namesake, John M. Dunlop of Riverhead, N.Y.  John was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, Terra, Ashley and Mike Jr. of Riverhead and Juliauna, of North Conway; along with five nieces, two nephews, and six great-nieces and nephews.  

John was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Vienhage, and his brother, James S. Dunlop, both of Springfield, Mo.

It was John’s wish not to have a funeral or memorial service; rather he requested a “remembrance” get-together for family and friends to be held at The Wildcat Inn & Tavern, owned by his son Stewart, in Jackson, N.H. Gail and John spent a great deal of time in Long Island, N.Y. and New Hampshire following retirement, and John frequently served as host and greeter at The Wildcat.

Friends wishing to remember The Dean are invited to make charitable donations in his memory to the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg.  

Assistance is being provided  to the family by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home in Lewisburg.