Sandy Springs Chapel

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James Joseph Dunn Jr.

October 9, 1929May 19, 2020

On May 19, 2020, James Joseph Dunn, Jr. died at the age of 90 of natural causes, and is reunited in heaven with his mother, Mary Hughes Dunn, his father, James Joseph Dunn, and his sisters; Sister Therese Dunn and Virginia Dunn McGrath.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Jackelene Lower Dunn, his daughter, Kathleen Dunn Rollins and grandchildren, Kasey and Matt Rollins. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Dunn, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts State Police, and his wife Mary, who reside in Quincy, MA, brother-in-law, Gerry McGrath of Newton, MA., and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was born on October 9, 1929 in Boston and was always very proud of his Irish Catholic heritage. He graduated from Boston College and went on to become a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. during the Korean War. In 1954, he achieved his dream of becoming an FBI Agent. While working in the San Francisco FBI office, he met his future wife, Jackie Lower, a stenographer, and they were married for 64 years.

His 27 year career with the FBI, led him to Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Columbia, SC, Atlanta and lastly, back to his hometown of Boston where he was the Special Agent in Charge. Jim worked on many interesting cases, most significantly, a skyjacking in Atlanta where he supervised an intense 8 hour stand-off ultimately resulting in the safe disembarking of all passengers.

Jim and Jackie retired to Atlanta where Jim became the Vice President of Security with the Federal Home Loan Bank for several years. They shared a love for tennis at WCT Peachtree and made many long-time friends there. They also enjoyed skiing in Salt Lake City and traveled extensively around the world. Jim volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Little League Baseball, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and enjoyed watching Notre Dame and New England Patriots football. As anyone who knew him can attest, he loved people, and talking to people, whether he knew them or not.

He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends, but may still be heard in heaven singing his beloved Irish songs.

Burial will be at Georgia National Cemetery for Veterans in Canton, GA and a funeral mass held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Sisters of St. Joseph, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135-280.


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Paul Leavitt

May 28, 2020

I knew Jim through my dad, Tom Leavitt. They were agents together in the FBI. They really reminded me of each other in many ways. I always enjoyed seeing Jim at various functions both before and after my father's passing, and Jim also gave a eulogy at my father's funeral mass. Jim was always warm and friendly to me and took a genuine interest in what was going on in my life and work. I looked up to both Jim and my dad; the world needed and needs men like them. To Jackie and to Jim's family, I'm sorry for your loss.


May 24, 2020

Jim was an inspiration to all agents who worked with him and under his leadership. He will be remembered with respect and admiration. He was also a good friend.

Joyce McCartney

May 23, 2020

Dear Mrs. Dunn and Kathy,

I was greatly saddened to hear of Mr. Dunn’s passing. I have been praying for you all and will continue to do so.

One of my favorite memories of Mr. Dunn was when he would very courteously walk me down the street to our house after babysitting Kathy. It made me feel very special! He was a special person!

With sympathy and prayers,
Joyce Steele McCartney

Pamela Steele-Nelson

May 22, 2020

Dearest Mrs. Dunn & Kathy,
The whole Steele family was so saddened to hear of the passing of dear Mr. Dunn. We have such great memories of him as our families enjoyed many fun times together over the years! I fondly remember him and his kindness to me as a child.....him walking hand-in-hand with Kathy to and from our houses as she became another one of the Steele girls! He always had a smile on his face, kept a careful watch over me whenever I had sleepovers with Kathy, & even taught me to brush my teeth with my fingers (when I forgot my toothbrush 🤣). I remember him being a man of strong faith with a great work ethic and love of his family & friends. Our families have so many wonderful memories of him. I enjoyed talking to him about our shared work in the investigative field.....and was so proud of his work and position as a senior FBI agent! Sadly, the last time I saw him was after my Mom’s memorial service. I was thrilled to have the chance to laugh and talk with him again. Surely, the earth has lost, but heaven has gained, a man of true character, morales, values & faith....one who left a positive mark on all he met, a great accomplished man, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend & person. He will be missed by many.

Thinking of you & holding you close in our prayers as you grieve this huge loss.

Lots of love & with my deepest sympathy,

Linda Steele

May 22, 2020

Our families went to Sandbridge together and I remember Mr. Dunn bravely taking on the waves as a hurricane was coming. Always ready to take on a challenge.

Thomas Simon

May 21, 2020

Thanks for the memories and the help you gave me over the years. While you were SAC and as a Former Agent, it was my honor to be called your friend. Your help and guidance through the years in Atlanta enabled me to flourish in my career. You were a good friend who always lent a helping hand.
Enjoy your reward in Heaven, which is well deserved. God Bless!
Tom Simon

Glade Johnson

May 21, 2020

When I first started with the FBI in Salt Lake City, Jim was the ASAC. I was impressed with him as a kind person, but also as a quality Agent and ASAC. I was privileged to meet him again in Atlanta where I enjoyed getting to know him better. He was a high quality person and I offer my condolences to his family


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