Leo John ‘Skip’ Dunn
Jan. 4, 1928 May 7, 2013
Leo John “Skip” Dunn, 85, Potomac, Md., passed away peacefully in his home with loved ones at his side May 7, 2013, from complications of old age.
He was born Leo John Dumm in Newry, the youngest of five sons of Leo Joseph and Sarah (Morning) Dumm. He married Uri Julia Ha in 1970.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 43 years; three children: Maria Fusco of Potomac, Md., Richard Joseph Giroux of Gaithersburg, Md., and Julia Kinerk of Scottsdale, Ariz.; nine wonderful grandchildren; his dear eldest brother, James Eugene Dumm of Hollidaysburg; and two dear sisters-in-law: Sara “Sally” Dumm and Alma Dumm, both of Altoona.
Skip was a 1946 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona, and a 1951 graduate of St. Francis College, Loretto, with a B.A. He graduated in 1956 with an LL.B. from Georgetown University Law School and also attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., in 1969 and the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va., in 1978.
He served in the U.S. Army for 18 months from 1946-47 as a military policeman in South Korea after his graduation from high school.
While Skip had worked as a wallpaper hanger and as a boilermaker for the Pennsylvania Railroad in his youth, his main career was devoted to the Central Intelligence Agency from 1951-93. He entered as a security clerk, moving through the ranks to ultimately function as deputy director of Security for Policy and Management for many years in the 1980s before working contractually in the proper analysis of both field investigations and polygraph reports.
He served outside the Office of Security on special assignment to the CIA executive director in connection with the Watergate investigation. As a CIA officer, he served nearly five years in the Far East, including 18 months in South Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive.
Skip received numerous commendations in his career, particularly in the early years when he was extremely active in direct support of the CIA personnel security program. He received praise for his role as chairman of a special task force which provided 63 recommendations to the director of central intelligence in connection with a review of the famous Boyce/Lee case. He was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 1986 and finally a Certificate of Excellence from the director of security in 1993.
Skip often spoke of being blessed with the good fortune of having many dear lifelong friendships, and he was particularly grateful that more than a handful of them were childhood friends from Altoona and friendships made during his military service and career in the CIA. Some of these friends include Vince Luddy, John and Sab Gionfriddo, Joe Furrer, Ed Dragon, Ed “The Godfather” Pasi, Dick Woods, Marlowe Frey, Don Becker, Bill Boland, Gerry Hughes, Curt Rivers, Joe Langan, Jim Wheeler and many more.
Additionally, he was a man who loved his family dearly, noting that he “was blessed with poor but highly devoted and loving parents who sacrificed and otherwise closely cared for five sons during the Depression era.” He added that he “was more than fortunate to have four older siblings of high moral character who greatly contributed to my growth and development in their own individual ways.” He looked forward to joining his deceased brothers, Danny, Pat and Eddie Dumm, “and the rest of my fine family.”
May Skip rest in peace and enjoy his family and friends until we meet again.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s “Angel Fund,” 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602-3499.