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By Rosemary Pollock

Beloved LDS Principal Succumbs to Cancer

LOGAN, UTAH -- Students, faculty, friends and family built a memorial of flowers and teddy bears at the foot of the Logan High School grizzly statue in honor the life of Allison Dunn, beloved principal, teacher, wife, mother and friend. Dunn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, but by February, 2000 the cancer had spread to her bones, liver and lungs. After a week of missing school, she declared she wanted to go back to work. Her husband, Steve Dunn, drove her to school and carried her up the stairs for her last day of work.

"The kids loved her. She had a special human relations skill of bringing people together, so the staff and faculty at Logan High grew to love her very quickly, " said Logan Superintendent Allen Lowe. She was an accomplished teacher who had her roots in Logan.

She attended Logan public schools as a child and adult. "She was a sponge for knowledge and would weigh facts with a sensitive moral compass," Steve said. She graduated magna cum laude with a major in English and minors in psychology, French and dance. She thought of becoming an attorney but fell into teaching where she was most at home.

Life wasn't always easy for Allison. She and Steve lost their first infant son, Steven Jonathan, to a congenital brain defect. Twenty years into her marriage, she learned her husband was a homosexual. The couple successfully came to terms with their marriage.

Allison never hid her battle with cancer from her faculty or students. When she suffered the ravaging effects of chemotherapy, she wore scarves. She cheerfully attended school musicals, football games and expressed her hope for the Class of 2000 in a commencement address.

"She recently said she felt she had found herself. She was just not ready to die," Steve said. Dunn's last day of school lasted three hours. She returned home but did not recover.

"This whole community loved Allison Dunn," said Logan High counselor and wrestling coach Jim Peacock. "The greatest accomplishment she had was her capacity to love."


Principal's life her legacy
Deseret News 31Mar01 P2
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook: Deseret News staff writer
Memorial planned for 12:30 today at Logan High School


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