Gloria Dunne (Norcross)
(1925 - 2012)

Gloria Dunne (Norcross)

United States of America
October 12, 1925

July 24, 2012

Gloria Ann Norcross Dunne was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She died in her home on July 24, 2012 surrounded by her family. She is greatly missed. Please provide your memories and thoughts here, to share with others.

Gloria Dunne worked hard to keep La Jolla a jewel. She was an active member of the La Jolla Shores Association and she and other residents fought successfully to maintain the town character through land use standards. One campaign she fought hard for was the 30-foot height limit that was approved by voters in 1972 in La Jolla and the coastal areas of San Diego. As a result of these policies, the city of San Diego has some of the most beautiful coastal views and public access points in the United States.

Gloria Dunne enjoyed nature, visits to the beach, and family picnics. She loved the view from her kitchen window, and the wildflowers that grew in the gully near her house. Her greatest love was her husband and family.

Gloria grew up in Los Angeles, and lived in La Jolla since 1957. She graduated from University of Colorado with a BA in economics, and worked at Cal Tech University.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Dr. Brian Dunne II, her children Maya Dunne and husband John, Annie Dunne and husband Tony, Eileen Dunne, and Brian Dunne III and wife Zhang Peng, her grandchildren Paul, Sage, Kara and Liam, her sister Neita, sister-in-law Ceci, nieces Lisa, Susan, Shawn, Lesley and Amy, and nephews Paul, Kevin, Bobby, and Cecil Wayne.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to:

YMCA of San Diego County


Natural Resources Defense Council

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One of my favorite memories is when my Aunt Gloria and my Mother(her sister) were at the beach with all of us kids. When they were young, my grandmother, their mother, dressed them alike. We were on the beach, La Jolla Shores, and they both took off their cover-ups. Wouldn't you know it, they both had the exact same bathing suit on! It still gives me a chuckle. I will remember her smile and her beauty, inside and out, Aunt Gloria and Uncle Brian were always so sweet to my kids too. I was lucky enough to witness the love between my Aunt Gloria and Uncle Brian. She loved her kids, grandkids, and whole family with all her heart. She was a beautiful, gracious, lovely woman and Aunt. I will deeply miss you, Aunt Gloria. Love, Amy
amy verner-gonzalez (niece)
December 29th, 2012
I was enjoying the family pictures scrolling down when I appeared in the picture of the CalTech office where Gloria and I worked together. What a good time we had there - always teasing about Mr. Ewart!

She was then, and always, a lovely, gracious, intelligent person. I am very saddened that she is no longer with us. All of you in her beloved family must miss her terribly.

Rosemarie Harrison
Rosemarie Harrison (Friend)
November 27th, 2012
I opened the door to my home on Mt. Soledad one day in 1967 to a next-door neighbor who was to become a lifelong friend: there stood Gloria Dunne and her three-year-old daughter Eileen. I was 30 and had a new baby, Felicia Lynne Fahey, and Gloria had heard her cry. She was drawn to that cry as a magnet is drawn to iron: she really loved babies.

I have treasured that friendship all of these years, even though we didn’t see each other often after I moved and many events intervened, but Gloria has always been very special to me. Now I am 75, Felicia is 45 and has a child of her own, Corbin Platti, first grade. Eileen must be about 48, and also has her own family. I think Felicia and Eileen are in touch once in a while. Once, Felicia had an accident while opening a can of cat food and had to go to the hospital to save her little finger. Eileen just happened to be in town and visited her there.

When my husband Bob Fahey and I got a divorce, Brian and Gloria reached out to me to comfort me in my distress. I’ll never forget that.

The years. The years. A couple of years ago, when Corbin was little, Felicia and I and Corbin visited Gloria and Brian. So much had happened. Little Eileen had grown up and had gotten an MD degree and worked for the Center for Disease Control.

Gloria and Brian’s son Brian has studied and worked in China so we never saw much of Brian. Annie moved back to San Diego area after she was grown and had a child. My husband Bill Bohan and I ran into Annie in Del Mar because we were taking some night classes in Italian at the Jr. High School there and we had some grandchildren at the school. Annie is an artist. Maya was doing Social Work somewhere in California, and I had talked to her on the phone once in a while.

What a family they are! Wonderful people rearing wonderful children!

I am so thankful for the steady friendship Gloria and I had together: her total acceptance and affection for me was the best part of living on Rue Michael. I will always hold her in my heart.

Ruth Ann Hageman
Ruth Ann Hageman (Friend)
September 29th, 2012
This is the memorial I set up for Gloria Dunne. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Eileen Dunne
August 3rd, 2012
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"Mom was an amazing woman. Full of grace, compassion and love. We were so fortunate to have her as our mother. She is truly missed."
Maya Dunne
August 8th, 2012


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