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Obituary: Miriam “Mim” Dunn '49

Miriam "Mim" Dunn, 84, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born in Andover, Mass., the daughter of Emily (Pugh) Dearborn, and Dr. Henry Follansbee Dearborn. She attended Abbott Academy in Andover, Mass. and Pinkerton Academy in Derry. She was an alumnus of Antioch College and the University New Hampshire. Miriam was an accomplished participant in New Hampshire's political, professional and civic circles. She particularly enjoyed her two successful campaigns and terms as a Democratic State Representative in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, her two elections as a Delegate to National Democratic Conventions, and her very active role with the New Hampshire League of Women Voters. She was the founder and President of Capitol Eye Inc., a legislative reporting service that was relied upon by law firms throughout New England for the advantage of complete and current legislative histories. She volunteered for innumerable organizations throughout her life, devoting time, energy and resources without restraint, including repeated trips with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the displaced and dispossessed. A champion of just causes and good grammar, she was well known for her sharp intellect, quick wit and bold writing. She was a consistent participant in local and regional political discussion and a frequent contributor to New Hampshire editorial pages, often advocating positions on behalf of those who might not otherwise have an articulate voice in the process. In her writings and discussions, she struck a unique balance between committed advocacy and respect for contrary positions. Her direct, well-informed opinions were most often delivered with a deft touch of humor and a notable/quotable theme. She consistently brought credible and considerate commentary to the issues at hand. Mim loved the outdoors spending much time gardening, at the beach and in the mountains. Canoeing and kayaking were lifelong activities that she enjoyed both alone and with her large group of paddling friends. She held a special place and affection for her friends and family, particularly her three grandchildren with whom she shared a special bond. From bedtime reading with a grandchild to hearty toasts with a crowd, she pursued these relationships with pure delight. A uniquely wonderful woman, she will be sorely missed by those blessed to know her during her long and storied life. Ms. Dunn was predeceased by a brother Joseph Dearborn; her former husband Vincent Dunn; and her son Jonathan Dunn. She is survived by her brother, Henry Dearborn of Bethesda, Md.; and her two sons, Mark Dunn, of Concord, and Vincent Dunn of Cohasset, Mass, and his wife, Katie, and their three children, Patrick, Kathryn and Eleanor, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 23, at 11:30 a.m., at South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant Street, Concord, with a reception to follow