In Memory

Hilton "Stretch" Dunn ('66) - Class Of 1966

September 11, 1943 - February 26, 2017 C.H. "Stretch" Dunn, PE, was a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a distinguished graduate of the Command and General Staff College, an Army War College Fellow, and a professional engineer. He served in three Infantry Divisions, earned the Expert Infantryman Badge and four awards for valor including the Silver Star in Vietnam. He co-invented the Dunn-Kempf war game used to teach a generation of small unit leaders war fighting techniques. Later, he headed a 900 soldier combat unit and a 3,500 person engineering and construction management organization with 40 field offices in the Southeast United States and Latin America. Along with the medals mentioned above, Col. Dunn also received the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2nd Award), the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), the Air Medal, The Army Commendation Medal with V-Device, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. During his military career, he earned his Master's Degree from the University of Illinois in Civil Engineering, as well as attended the Army War College. Following retirement after 26 years in America's Army, Stretch served 11 years in corporate America with BE&K, an international engineering and construction firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. After his second career, he co-wrote two books on Professionalism and Patriotism, and for the past decade, offered corporate and university seminars on Being the CEO of Your Life, Professionalism Under Stress, Doing the "Harder Right, " and Do You Want to Make the Senior Leadership Leap Stretch served on the board for his West Point class, several boards in the Birmingham area, the National Leadership Congress, Life Leaders, the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery, and the Norton Board at Birmingham Southern College. He initiated was actively serving the community through his Veterans Leadership Ministry whose mission is to provide a safe haven of acceptance and healing for those quietly suffering from the hidden wounds of war. He enjoyed singing in his church choir, the West Point Alumni Glee Club, weddings and patriotic events. He lived in Birmingham with his wife Joan, has two married children (both teachers), and five grandchildren. His personal mission was to live life as an obedient servant leader. Stretch is preceded in death by his parents, LTG Carroll Dunn and Letha Dunn; and sister, Carolyn Dunn Caldwell. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Smith Dunn; children, Steven Robert Dunn (Karen) and Cheryl Dunn Faber (Darrell) along with their mother, Rita Dunn; sisters-in-law, Beth Smith (Harry) and Donna Harris (Edgar); grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Dunn, Lauren Nicole Dunn, Alyssa Morgan Dunn, Cameron Robert Faber, and Peyton Ryan Faber; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.