Robert Dunn ’50 and Gladys Bovino Dunn ’51


Bob Dunn ’50 graduated from Bates with a degree in sociology and earned an M.A. in 1951 from the University of Connecticut. After studying secondary-school education abroad for a year, Bob returned to the University of Connecticut and earned a Ph.D. in 1955. He began his career at West Hartford’s William H. Hall High School in 1952 as a teacher. After serving in many capacities at the school, he was promoted to principal in 1962, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. After retiring, he served as deputy headmaster at Seoul International School in Korea for five years.

Bob received many honors during his career for his accomplishments as an educator, and Bates honored him in 1963 with the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1999 “for a career of guiding others on a voyage of enlightenment.” The Alumni Association presented Bob and Gladys with the Helen A. Papaioanou ’49 Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2008.

Gladys Bovino Dunn ’51 graduated from Bates with a degree in sociology. She then began work for the YWCA in Westfield, N.J., and later in New Haven, Conn. In 1958, she began her career in education as an elementary teacher. She later received an M.A. in education followed by a degree in guidance in 1969 from the University of Hartford. Gladys was a guidance counselor at West Hartford’s King Philip Middle School from 1969 to 1990 and, after her retirement, traveled to the Seoul International School with her husband, where she served as director of admissions, head of testing, and AP coordinator until 1995.

The Dunns have been active in community organizations and have served Bates in many capacities, including Gladys’s service on the Alumni Council Executive Committee, as a member of the Bates Career Conference, as an advisor in the Career Discovery Internship Program, as a volunteer for several Reunion Social Committees, and as a member of the College Key. Bob, also a member of the College Key, has served as vice president of his class and as an alumni Trustee.

As educators, the Dunns have always admired the way Bates instills the importance of community and human values in its students. “Bates made me stretch academically,” remembers Gladys. “But socially and in terms of community, it was the place where I came into my own.” Making Bates a primary philanthropic priority, the Dunns have established an endowed scholarship fund, named two spaces in Pettengill Hall, and made it possible for the College to create the Dunn Guest House, a welcoming home for special visitors to Bates.

Robert E. and Gladys B. Dunn: For your steadfast philanthropic support and your generous gifts of time and talent for sustaining our college’s mission, we are proud to induct you into the Benjamin Bates Society.

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