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Dorothy Loomis Dunbar
Dorothy Loomis Dunbar

December 3, 1926 - September 2, 2017
Born in Trenton, NJ
Resided in Brentwood, NH


Dorothy Loomis Dunbar died on September 2, 2017 at the age of 90. Dot was born in Trenton, N.J. on December 3, 1926 and had lived in Exeter and Brentwood, N.H. since 1955. She was raised in Silver Lake, Ohio, graduated from Wells College in 1948, before becoming a graduate teaching assistant while earning a Masters degree in Chemistry in 1949 from Smith College.

While at Smith she met her future husband, Donald C. Dunbar, who was attending Amherst College. Don and Dot married in 1951 and moved to Cambridge, Mass., where Dot worked as a research chemist at Massachusetts General Hospital and at the Harvard School of Public Health on the medical team that ultimately discovered the detrimental effects of cholesterol. She came by her interest in Chemistry genetically as her father, George P. Loomis, was on the Goodrich research team during World War II that invented synthetic rubber and the tubeless tire.

After moving to Exeter in 1955 she was active as a President of the League of Women Voters and the Original Director the Adult Education Program. It is no surprise that her husband and all three of her children dedicated their lives to teaching and learning in a variety of schools all over the world.

Dot also travelled the world during her lifetime spending time in over 25 countries. She had a particular fondness for the two years she spent living in Australia and the over 20 years wintering in Maui, Kona and Kauai. However, no place gave her more pleasure than the cabin she designed on the shores of Great East Lake in Acton, Maine. She loved designing gardens wherever she lived as well as reading, doing crossword puzzles and cooking.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Donald C. Dunbar of Brentwood, N.H., her brother, George P. Loomis of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, her children, David S. Dunbar of New York, New York, D. Scott Dunbar of Bloomfield, Ct. and Cathy E. D. Harrison of Brookville, Maryland. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.




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