Murphy Funeral Homes


Edward Paul Dunn

26 July, 192223 November, 2018

Edward Dunn passed away peacefully November 23, 2018 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, VA after a brief illness. He was born July 26, 1922 in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In life and in his last days, he was constantly surrounded by loved ones – children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, in-laws, family friends and caretakers. Eddie, as he came to be known after his oldest granddaughter named him this in 1986, was a loving husband, father and grandfather first and foremost, who also served his country for 59 years. First as a weather spotter for the US Army Air Corps during WWII, and for the Central Intelligence Agency for another 57 years- 30 as a staff officer and 27 as an independent consultant following retirement.

Sometimes referred to as the last Cold Warrior, Eddie wielded the pen and his intellect to counter Communist movements world-wide, serving in multiple overseas assignments over his career, including in Europe and Asia. He advised on public diplomacy for arms control initiatives in the Reagan administration and continued to advise, teach and hone the tradecraft of two generations of CIA officers in his field.

Eddie’s other passion was sports and following the exploits of his 7 grandchildren, whether academic, professional, or on many playing fields. An avid Red Sox and Celtics fan, he would regale anyone who would listen (or not) with detailed descriptions of key plays, some going back 50 years or more, be it a win or a loss.

He was the widower of Claire Haffey Dunn, to whom he was married for 53 years before her passing in 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Bates College, where he also was an active participant on the debate team and attended Harvard University before being called to service by the CIA. He is survived by his three children- E. Paul Dunn Jr. of Virginia Beach (Helen Bernal), Terence Dunn of McLean (Maureen McEnearney) and Martha Dunn Floyd of Falls Church (Perry); 7 grandchildren- E. Paul Dunn III (Adrianne), Courtney (Tony) and Patrick (Abby); Catherine and Christopher; Annie (Charlie) and Mark; and 3 great grandchildren, Elise, Parker and Clay.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in McLean on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:00AM. Burial will follow in National Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to So Others Might Eat (SOME), the favorite charity of his loving wife, Claire.


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Rhonda Presley

16 November 2019

It was so nice to know you Tiger.
Mrs. Martha misses you so very much. She has me to read your obituary often to her.

David Dudick

15 March 2019

I met Paul through his wife, Martha, and found him to be a true gentleman.
My heartfelt sympathies to Martha and their children.

While we lost track of each other over the years as our lives grew harried the deep love and respect we had never changed.

David Dudick

Angie Bowen

1 August 2018

I was so very sorry to learn of Mr. Dunn's passing. Your home was my second home throughout my childhood and I was blessed to be a small part of your family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Much Love,

Janie Callaway Warwick

30 July 2018

Many years ago, Martha and Paul Dunn came to me when I lost my husband. They had never known me prior to this time, but were there to offer nourishment, prayers and comfort to me and my children. They were among the kindest people that I have ever come into contact with and I will always remember them.
Martha, I am oh so sorry.

Ann Phillips

27 July 2018

I worked with Mr. Dunn at J&J for several years. He was a hero of mine. Having been raised in the military, I enjoyed listening to his stories of his tours of duty. I also enjoyed his stories of Ray H., Erby and Aubrey Jenkins and all of the old-timers. He had the best stories! And he loved his family more than anything. I send my and my husband's condolences to his lovely family. He will truly be missed.
Ann (Banks) Phillips

Jennifer Craig

26 July 2018

Paul was always so polite and courteous and especially kind to a young lawyer. His kind will be greatly missed.

Jennifer Craig

Dudley Taylor

25 July 2018

Paul was a gentle giant in my view. A great lawyer, a great Marine and a great human being. He will be missed.

Linda McAlpin

25 July 2018

Dear Carolyn & Family,
My prayers for comfort and peace are being sent your way today. I still recall the first time I met your dad when you & I worked together. He came to the door which was near my class so I had to let him in. Of course I didn't know he was your dad so I asked if I could help him. He grinned and said, "I'm Carolyn's father." I was so thrilled to finally meet him because you had told me so many positive things about your parents. From time to time he would drop by and he always had a smile and a kind word. It would bless my heart to see the way you interacted with your dad. As he would be getting ready to leave each time you would reach up and give him a hug. I can still hear your voice saying, "I love you daddy." I'm certain you will miss him alot but I know it brings you all comfort in knowing you will see him again! With love, your friend Linda -aka- Lala

Susan Henry

25 July 2018

Philip and Laura,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Susan Henry

Terry Basista

24 July 2018

I will always remember Paul as epitomizing the very best a person and a lawyer should be. We ran into each other while shopping in Home Depot in Knoxville years ago, shortly after the unfortunate and sad death of his daughter. We had a brief conversation, and I remember thinking as we parted what a fine man and lawyer! He will be remembered with affection and great respect.

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