Obituary Mr Frank Dunn Hon FICME
Sad death of longstanding member
FRANK DUNN Hon. FICME 1923-2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Frank Dunn at the age of 88.
Frank joined the Institute in 1944 and continued until recently to be an active member both at Branch and National level. In 1951 he was elected Chairman of the Birmingham Branch student section, became Honorary Treasurer of the branch from 1975 to 1978 and then an Honorary Branch Auditor from 1980 to 2007. He was elected President of the Birmingham Branch (now the West Midlands, Birmingham and Coventry Branch) in1978. He served on General Council as a branch delegate from 1976 to 1981, again from 1984 to 1993 and as an elected member from 1994 to 2003.
He also found time to serve on many IBF Technical Working Groups and Standing Committees and was a member of the committee that organized the Institute’s 75th Anniversary Banquet at the Guild Hall in London. He also served as the Chief Steward at the Institute's Annual Conferences in 1983, 1987 and 1989 and organized the Thomas Wills Memorial Trophy Competitions in 1984 and 1989.
During the whole of his industrial life Frank worked at the British Cast Iron Research Association (BCIRA), joining the Association in St. Paul’s Square in1942, later moving to Alvechurch after the Birmingham HQ was bombed. After periods in the Service Laboratories and the Research Department, on the formation of the Member and Technical Services department, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent and subsequently Manager in 1971. He was very much involved in verifying the practicality of the then new principle of measuring the Carbon Equivalent Value of cast iron on the shop floor as a measure of its quality, visiting many foundries during this period.
He represented the UK castings industry on both national and international ISO standards committees He chaired the BSI committees on grey and malleable cast irons, and between 1975 and 1986 he was chairman of the ISO committee for cast irons. He was very active on the Council of Ironfounding Associations (CFA) Committee concerned with maintaining the quality of cupola coke. His contribution to the development of British, European and International standards was recognised in 1999 when he was awarded the British Standards Institution Distinguished Services Certificate.
For his dedicated services to the Institute and the UK castings industry Frank was awarded a Long and Notable Services Certificate in 1981, the Meritorious Services Medal in 1991 and was appointed an Honorary Fellow in 2001.
Frank regularly attended Branch Council meetings until recently and his wise words will be much missed by the branch. Whenever a question of procedures, the Royal Charter and Rules for the Management of Branches arose, it was Frank who provided the answers, all committed to his prodigious memory.
A sad loss to us all.