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Arnold Maurice Dunn, 80, of Potsdam, NY and Flagler Beach, FL, passed away Wednesday evening August 27, 2014 with his loving wife of 18 years, Patricia by his side.

Arnold was predeceased by his father Lloyd, his brother Alden and his first wife of 38 ½ years, Claire Ann Lewis Dunn. His mother Dorothy Mae Jenness Parmelee (age 99) currently resides in Tupper Lake NY.

Arnold was born in Greensboro, Vt. On December 17, 1933 of Lloyd Ernest Dunn and Dorothy Mae Jenness Dunn, the first of four sons, Alden, Earl, and Leo.

Arnold’s parents turned wooden bobbins during World War II while Arnold and his brothers attended grades 1-6 in a one room schoolhouse in Sutton, Vt. In 1947, Arnold attended Barton Academy in Barton, VT for 1-1/2 years, then in 1948 his family moved to Tupper Lake, NY, where Arnold graduated from high school as Salutatorian, delivering a speech on the future uses of the newly developed atomic energy.

The summer following high school graduation found him with Fred Baker and Paul Graton doing a tax evaluation of the houses of the Village of Tupper Lake following a Dow Jones procedure. That was his job in the summer of 1952 as well. During a spring faculty-student basketball game that same year, Fred Baker, the local mathematics teacher, broke his back. Since there were no qualified replacements, they hired Arnold to take his place teaching all the high school mathematics courses for the remainder of the school year.

The summer of 1953, having aided Braimy Pimpstein with the tax job, he drove truck for Altamont Milk Co. and managed the local baseball team to the Adirondack league championship.

The summer of 1954, after having pitched two high school and one rain-shortened college no-hitters, and a perfect game against Utica College, the New York Giants professional baseball team signed him (for $500-a large sum at that time!) and sent him off to Grand Falls, Canada. A collision with a wall and a dislocated shoulder returned him home. He then went to work on a concrete crew on the Littleton, New Hampshire dam on the Connecticut River.

In October of that same year, Holy Ghost Academy hired him to replace an ill teacher to teach all the high school Mathematics as well as Physics and Chemistry. He also coached the high school basketball team.

Arnold returned to college at SUNY Potsdam the fall of 1955, graduating in June 1956 with a BS in Elementary Education. On April 2, 1956 he married Claire Ann Lewis of Arden St, Tupper Lake, NY. He is survived by their five children; David Arnold, MD (wife Noreen, children; Aubrie and Elliot), Hammond, NY, Michael Earl (wife Cheryl, children; Bradley and Diana) Mason, OH., Kim Marie Smith, ( husband Gerald,(dec.) and daughter Katie), Carthage, NY, Lynn Marie Dunn-Mahon(husband Gene, children; Patrick and Lewis), Marietta, GA., Evelyn Elizabeth Braddock (Paige), Sebastopol CA.

Arnold taught high school at Clifton Fine High School from 1956-1957, Tupper Lake High School from 1957-1962 and Mathematics at SUNY Potsdam from 1962 until his retirement in March, 1991.

During the school year 1959-1960, he spent the year studying Mathematics at Harvard University on a grant from the National Science Foundation where he obtained a Master’s Degree in the Teaching of Mathematics. During the summer of 1964 he attended Tulane University on another NSF grant, studying Advanced Mathematics. He received a Sabbatical year from SUNY Potsdam in 1968 to attend Clarkson University where he obtained a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Mathematics. His PhD thesis was titles “Schauder Decompositions of Quasi-Reflective Banach Spaces”. In 1983 he was promoted to Full Professor of Mathematics. He was quite proud of helping to make a success of the four-year Bachelor and Master’s degree programs in Mathematics at SUNY Potsdam, being elected to the SUNY Potsdam Hall of Fame, and of having the 1959 Tupper Lake High School Year Book dedicated in his honor.

Arnold was an avid golfer, having played on Potsdam’s Tournament Team for about 10 years and being a Director of the NNYSGA since 2005. He, along with Hector Foisy and Dick Lane, conducted the first NNYSGA Tournament at Meadowbrook Golf Course in 2008. Arnold was also an avid hunter and fly fisherman for trout and Atlantic salmon. He took fly fishing trips with his wife Claire and sons to Gaspe’ Quebec for 30 consecutive years.

In 1996, Arnold married the former Patricia Ann Reid of Ogdensburg who now resides in Flagler Beach Fl. Patricia loved him unconditionally, cared for him during his many illnesses, and will miss him greatly.

Along with his surviving children, Arnold has three step-children, Jennifer (Irwin) Shaver, Ogdensburg, NY, Preston (Bud) Moore, Lacona NY, and Carrie Becker (Peter) of Pittsford VT, 19 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins, his amazing mother Dorothy Jenness Dunn Parmelee of Tupper Lake NY, brothers Earl (Linda Fisher) Dunn of Vienna, VA and Leo (Rosalie) Dunn of Haynesville, LA., and Sister-in-Law Elizabeth Dunn (wife of Arnold’s brother Alden, (dec.) ) of Beaver Creek, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Math Department Foundation at SUNY Potsdam, or Wounded Warrior Project @ www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate‎;

The family will receive friends Wednesday September, 3rd from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Garner Funeral Home 10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, September 4th, 11:00 AM, at St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam NY with Msgr. Robert Aucoin and Rev. Donald Manfred. Interment will follow at 2:00 PM at St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Tupper Lake, NY.

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