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Dunn, Josephine (Jo), 1896
    Died 1967

Jo Dunn was born December 4, 1896, in Fort Collins, Colorado, the daughter of Albert and Sarah Dunn. She spent her childhood there and came to the Midwest for her education. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1920 and taught in several places before receiving her master’s degree from Columbia University.

Jo came to Albion College in 1929 and taught there until her retirement in 1962. She directed women’s physical education and various sports events at Kresge Gymnasium. One of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) women’s tennis trophies bears Jo Dunn’s name, as she was active in the promotion of tennis and other competitive sports involving N.C.A.A. schools. She served as treasurer of both the Midwest and National Association of Physical Education for College Women.

Locally, Jo was prominent in Camp Fire Girls and Red Cross activities. She was a Red Cross First Aid instructor during World War II and a regional representative in the Camp Fire movement. A tireless leader whose influence affected many girls, Jo received some of Camp Fire’s highest honors. She was also a member of the First Methodist Church and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. After retirement, Jo lived with her sister in Fort Collins until her death in 1967.

Source: Albion Evening Recorder, July 29, 1967

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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