Norman Leon Dunbar – Commander, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Norman Leon Dunbar, 73, a retired Navy commander who from 1971 until 1983 owned and operated Dunbar Associates, a graphic design and printing firm in Vienna that did government contract work, died December 5, 2000, at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

Commander Dunbar, a Vienna resident, was born in Portland, Oregon. He was a psychology graduate of Stanford University, and he received a master’s degree in personnel administration from George Washington University.

He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and became a commissioned Navy officer in 1945. He was a Navy pilot and saw combat during the Korean War. His final active duty assignment before retiring in 1968 was as tactical anti-submarine warfare analyst at the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington.

His decorations included the Air Medal.

He was a member of Epiphany United Methodist Church in Vienna.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Bonievich Dunbar of Vienna, whom he married in 1949; three sons, Richard Dunbar of Herndon and Robert Dunbar and David Dunbar, both of Vienna; a daughter, Sandra Parks of South Riding, Va.; and 11 grandchildren.


Of Vienna, VA, on December 5, 2000, at Fairfax Hospital, beloved husband of Ginny Dunbar; father of Robert L. Dunbar, Richard Norman Dunbar, Sandra J. Parks and David J. Dunbar; and grandfather of Robert, Damon, Daniel, Sara, Sabrina, Lisa, Ashley, Ricky, Michelle, Brittany and Joshua. Friends may call at Epiphany United Methodist Church, 1014 Country Club Dr., Vienna, VA, on Monday, December 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., where funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. Interment, Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, December 13, at 9 a.m. The family suggests contributions to Hospice of Northern Virginia, P.O. Box 1576, Merrifield, VA 22116.

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