In Memoriam: Paul Dunn, MD (1919 – 2015)

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Chief Communications Officer
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American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

March 27, 2015. Dr. Paul J. Dunn, 95, died Tuesday morning, March 24, 2015, at Maplewood Terrace Apartments in Viroqua, IL. His wife of 63 years, Kathryn, and many of the couple’s 10 children, were by his side.

Dr. Dunn, a retired pediatrician, was a pioneer of Montessori education in the United States and an early and leading national advocate of preventive and holistic approaches to medical care.

In 1961, he and Kathryn—his indispensable partner in efforts to improve the lives and health of children and, ultimately, of hundreds of adult patients—founded Alcuin Montessori School in Oak Park, IL. Together with Celma Perry and others, the couple got Seton Montessori School (Clarendon Hills, IL) off the ground in 1965. From 1962 to 1965, Paul served on the board of directors of the American Montessori Society. He was also president of Alcuin’s board of directors. With Kathryn, he was a founder of the Illinois Montessori Society.

As an outgrowth of his interest in Montessori, Dr. Dunn became interested in treating brain-injured children, leading him to leave his large pediatric practice in Chicago’s suburbs and to found the Chicago Center for the Achievement of Human Potential, where he served as the Center’s medical director. In order to pursue, in depth, holistic approaches to medicine, Paul eventually returned to private practice and founded the Center for Integrative Treatment and Biochemical Nutrition in Oak Park.

Among many other positions, Paul served as president of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, as a member of the Illinois Commission on Children, as assistant clinical professor of Pediatrics at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, and on the staffs of St. Anne’s, Oak Park, Loretto, and West Suburban Hospitals.

Paul is survived by his wife, 10 children, 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and many other loving relatives, friends, and colleagues.

Paul's is a life that should be celebrated by all of us in Montessori. He and Kathyrn were pioneers for our movement and we have all benefited from their efforts.

You can read an obituary about Dr. Paul Dunn in the AMS thanks the Tribune for some of the details included in this announcement.

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