Kempton "Tony" Dunn of New Canaan died Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Maui, Hawaii, with Ellen, his wife of 45 years, by his side. He was 69.
Son of the late Kempton Sr. and Susan Barrett Gill Dunn of New Canaan, he was born in New York City on Jan. 5, 1942.
Raised in Stamford and New Canaan, Mr. Dunn attended the New Canaan Country School, graduated from the Kent School in 1960, took a post-graduate year at the Oundle School in England, and graduated from Yale College in 1965. After Yale, where he majored in Russian Studies, he accepted a Fulbright grant to teach English and comparative government at the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India. Upon his return, he was married to Ellen Anderson of Saginaw, Mich., on the shores of Higgins Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn then traveled to Bologna, Italy, and Washington, D.C., as he completed a master's program in international economics and politics at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
After graduate school, Mr. Dunn pursued a career in international relations that spanned both the private and non-profit sectors. The lion's share of his career--more than 20 years--was with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he became vice president for membership and fellowship affairs, earning from his colleagues the fond nickname "Dean of Admissions" and recognition for his leadership of the Council's prestigious International Affairs Program.
The final chapter of Mr. Dunn's career entailed a decade with The Conference Board in New York City. As director of international programs, he organized hundreds of conferences, seminars and workshops on issues ranging from economics, mergers and acquisitions, and marketing to corporate ethics, health care and sustainability. Mr. Dunn also conceived and orchestrated conferences on emerging topics such as corporate security, business continuity, and risk and crisis management.
Committed to elevating public awareness and discussion of international issues, Mr. Dunn founded The Ambassadors' Roundtable, which is affiliated with the World Affairs Forum and based in Stamford, and which continues to bring foreign policy scholars and practitioners to Fairfield County audiences more than 25 years after its founding.
Sports and the outdoors were central to Mr. Dunn's life. Introduced to rugby during his year in England, he captained the Yale Rugby team and later played with the New York Rugby Club. He also played hockey for the Yale freshman team and for the New Canaan Winter Club men's team until he turned 50. Tony derived great pleasure from coaching kids in hockey, soccer, and lacrosse (and helped start New Canaan's youth lacrosse program). In retirement he devoted himself fully to traveling, hiking, skiing, kayaking and sailing with his beloved spouse, offspring and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Kempton Dunn III of San Francisco and Seth Simrall Dunn of Saratoga Springs, N.Y; a daughter, Heather Anderson Drugge of Darien; a sister, Holly Bodman of New York City and Cambridge, Mass.; grandchildren Grace Ellen, Francis Gerry and Katherine Martyn Drugge, children of Heather and Rhett James Drugge; and Taylor Barret, Kempton Davis and Chase Somerset Dunn, children of Kempton III and Meredith Copeland Dunn.
Funeral services will be held Sat., Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Church on Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the New Canaan Ambulance Corps, St. Mark's Church Food Pantry or Kent School.
Irwin Warren, formerly of New Canaan, creator of some of the nation's most successful advertising campaigns, died of an aortic aneurysm at his home in Manhattan on Dec. 11. He was 71.
Mr. Warren was born in St. Paul, Minn., in 1939. Because his father was killed in an auto accident before his birth, Mr. Warren's mother, a concert pianist, raised him alone for several years before she re-married. Mr. Warren graduated from St. Paul Academy, and attended Colorado College and the University of Minnesota, before beginning his advertising career.
During a career spanning more than 40 years, Mr. Warren worked at Doyle Dane Bernbach, BBDO, and other leading agencies, before moving to McCann Erickson, the world's largest advertising agency, where he retired as senior creative director in 2006. Notable campaigns and clients included Major League Baseball, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Unilever ("I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"), Lowe's, Campbell's Soup and Volkswagen. The elegant simplicity of his VW ads for DDB in the late 1960s earned their inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent advertising collection.
Mr. Warren's marriage ended in divorce; there were no children.
One of Mr. Warren's favorite campaigns was the long-running, very popular "Taster's Choice Couple" series that ran in the late 1990s. Each new installment generated extensive publicity, usually including an exclusive Today Show interview with Mr. Warren, who unveiled the latest 30-second plot twist.
After recruiting Johnson & Johnson to McCann, Mr. Warren designed a campaign, which advanced no products, but stressed the company's long-term involvement with families, and dealt with such subjects as getting children to laugh, encouraging them to try to achieve, and dealing with being different. Parents, schools and organizations requested DVDs of these spots.
Outside of work, he served as an fundraiser and board member of Riverside Park Fund on New York's West Side, helping to rejuvenate it to a safe and attractive park fit for families. It is now one of only eight officially designated scenic landmarks in the City of New York,
He was a voracious reader and a knowledgeable collector of antique furniture.
Survivors include his brothers, Adrian of Tucson, Robert of San Francisco, and Joel of Los Angeles; his niece Rachel Warren; his nephews Alex Warren and Samuel Warren; and his godchildren Chris, Oie, A.J. and Molly McKennan.
After private funeral services, a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Donations in Mr. Warren's name may be made to Team Jim Scholarship, c/o New Canaan Community Foundation, PO Box 1285, New Canaan, CT 06840.