In Memoriam: Timothy Sherwood Dunning 2/23/15 02/22/15 11:12:42 PM
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|Timothy Sherwood Dunning
May 26, 1972 - Jan 12, 2015
Leaves Legacy of Humor
Tim Dunning in his rugby days at Dartmouth.
Forty-two-year-old Omaha attorney Timothy Dunning died unexpectedly in January. A memorial service was held January 17 at Trinity Cathedral in Omaha.
He was an in-house securities and finance attorney at Union Pacific Railroad for 13 years, after three years at Kutak Rock. He earned his law degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. While an undergraduate at Dartmouth, he was a stand-out rugby player, serving as president of the DRFC. He was described by coach and teammates alike as “someone you would always want by your side in any battle.”
In addition to being a versatile rugby player, one teammate noted that “Tim had a self-deprecating style of humor and was good at bringing out a laugh in his teammates.”
A teammate who played with him while they attended law school summed up the thoughts of many: “He was a hell of an athlete, courageous as a lion, a true warrior, and a good friend.”
“He was a one?of?a?kind friend I called my best friend for the past four years,” OBA’s Executive Director Dave Sommers wrote online. Sommers cited Tim’s love of tennis and skiing as well as dogs and music. “Tim was the best of the best, and I’m so thankful for knowing him.”
Tributes came in from far and wide. Francisco Fuentes-Ostos of Mexico City wrote, “I worked with Tim for many years. He was a great human being and an excellent lawyer. We shared our passion for golf and soccer. I will miss him.”
Kim Gradoville of Omaha remembered, “Tim was a wonderful person that I am so thankful that I had in my life. We played many hours of tennis together, some as a doubles team in both Kansas City and Omaha tournaments. He had a great sense of humor and was really generous and kind.”
Attorney Tom Barrett noted that they shared “many fond memories camping in the Sandhills, branding cattle, hunting pheasants, competing in triathlons and enjoying a glass of red wine and/or cold beer. His passion for knowledge was incredible.”
Succeeded in death by his father, John L. Dunning, and
grandparents, Jacqueline and John Dunning, Henry Clay and Barbara and William Webster. Survived and beloved by Nancy and John Webster, Holly Dunning, Mrs. Henry Clay, Jack, Dana and Brooke Webster, Christopher Webster, Lee and Anthony Shaw and family, Leila and Henry Clay and family, Merrilyn and Robert Belliveau and family, Melinda and Bill Burns and family, Deborah and Jeremy Dunning and family, Jennifer Dunning and numerous dear friends.
Memorials are suggested to Omaha Performing Arts, Nebraska Humane Society or Dartmouth College.