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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Claude A. Bunnell, and His Incredible Legacy

This post is inspired by a chapter in  former editor Charles E. Bunnell (Charlie to his friends) recently compiled Bonnells & Bunnells of Note (And a few Burnells & Burrells for Good Measure). The complete work is available on Internet Archive at this link: Charlie Bunnell's Bonnells & Bunnells of Note.

We all owe a great deal to Claude A. Bunnell, whose database is incredible (linked to this blog).  When he died, Charlie published his obituary, taken from the Chandler Funeral Home website in the newsletter:

Claude A. Bunnell, age 89 of Lima PA, formerly of Wilmington DE and Long Boat Key Fl, passed away on Sept 5, 2010 after a long illness. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Sara Hackett Bunnell and 4 sons, Steven C, David E, Donald H, and Thomas B. Another son, Robert A predeceased him. Surviving also are 4 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. 

Services will be held at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE on Friday Sept 10, 2010 at 11:00am. The family will greet friends at 10:30 am prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to ACTS Hospice, 812 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002 would be appreciated. 

In its 2002 Report of Private Support, the University of Delaware honored Claude A. Bunnell for his financial support. He had attended UD thanks to a "loan" fund established by Pierre S. and Alice du Pont. Recipients were not required to make direct repayment, but to give back to the University when they were able to do so.

Claude repaid with gifts of more than $378,000 to UD, including $100,000 for the expansion of Colburn Laboratory. He also created scholarships at Harrington High School, American University and at his golf club.

What a legacy he left behind!!

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