Atlantic Cape Community College conferred the sixth annual President’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Stephen R. Dunn, a scientific researcher, at the 48th annual commencement, May 21.
Dunn was born and raised in Atlantic City, and was president of Atlantic Cape’s first graduating class in 1968. He was the student speaker at the inaugural commencement, earning an associate degree in science. Dunn continued his education at Rutgers University, where he received his bachelor’s in chemistry and later earned a master’s in analytical chemistry at Temple University. In between his studies, he served in the National Guard and received the Commander’s Special Award in 1975.
His academic accomplishments in chemistry lead him to a career as a researcher at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Medical College. He has co-authored more than 50 scientific publications on a variety of topics, been an invited lecturer at national and international conferences, and served as the principal investigator on several grants and contracts with the National Institutes of Health.
Dunn said his experiences at Atlantic Cape provided the foundation for a successful career. He encourages Atlantic Cape students to stay focused. “I recommend that they be the best student possible. Make a strong start when you enter college. Get good grades, work hard, and I promise, the fun will come later.”
He is now retired and lives with his wife, Kathleen, in both Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
The award, initiated by Atlantic Cape’s Alumni Association Advisory Committee, recognizes an Atlantic Cape graduate who has displayed professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Past recipients include: Thomas Innocente, retired professor and law enforcement officer; Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese, a New Jersey licensed professional counselor, Atlantic City Attorney Katherine Morris; Linwood Attorney Michael R. Rann; and Janice Fipp, former superintendent of Northfield Community School.