Michael Dunne, Jr.

Obituary of Michael Dunne, Jr.

Dunne, Michael J., Jr., MD, Captain, MC USN (Retired), age 86, of Cedar Knolls, NJ died on January 28, 2018 in Morristown, NJ.

Born February 13, 1931 in Sea Cliff, NY, he grew up in Sea Cliff and Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. He graduated from St. Dominic’s High School, Oyster Bay, NY; Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland; University College Dublin; and Queen's University Medical School, Belfast, Northern Ireland. His father, Michael J. Dunne, Sr., MD, fought for Irish independence, and his maternal grandfather, William J. Molloy,served in the Seanad Éirean (Senate of Ireland) from 1922 to 1931 as the first senator representing County Roscommon. 

He was the proud father of Kristine J. Dunne Maher (Chris) of Alexandria, VA, Michael J. Dunne III of New Brunswick, NJ, Kathleen E. Dunne O'Leary (John) of Annapolis, MD, and Suzanne M. Dunne (Wil Henderson) of South Bend, IN. He is also survived by his twin sister Eileen Dunne and siblings Deirdre Rabago, Patricia Dunne, and James Dunne (Lynda); grandchildren William, Karolyne, Mary Kathleen, John Patrick, John, Jr., Claire, and Jennifer Rose; step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and beloved cousins in Ireland. He was predeceased by his parents Michael J. Dunne, MD and Maureen J. Dunne, and siblings Mary Weimann (Werner) and William Dunne. 

Dr. Dunne was a forensic pathologist and career naval flight surgeon who spent his entire career in public service to his country and his community. He served as the senior medical officer on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet during the Vietnam War. He believed in putting sailors first and was much loved by the sailors on the ships he served. 

He served as an aerospace and forensic pathologist at The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, DC and the National Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL) in Pensacola, FL. As a member of the AFIP Aerospace Accident Investigation Team, he traveled throughout the world investigating both military and civilian flight accidents. His accomplishments include a US patent for a lifesaving pilot ejection harness. He also discovered the toxic effect of quinine (contained in tonic water) on pilots’ ability to fly, saving many lives and solving a great mystery of unexplained flight accidents.

He retired from the Navy with over 23 years of military service. He continued his public service as Assistant State Medical Examiner for the State of New Jersey and as the Sussex County, NJ Medical Examiner.

Visiting Fri. 2-4 & 7-9 pm Whitting Funeral Home in Glen Head, NY www.whitting.com.  Funeral Mass 11 am Sat. at St. Boniface Martyr Church, Sea Cliff, NY.  Interment to follow at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY.