Claire Gabriel Dunne

Profile Updated: October 28, 2018
Claire Gabriel
Residing In: CONCORD, MA USA
Spouse/Partner: Dear husband died Nov 2014, I miss him..
Occupation: Volunteer for pollinator enhancement
Children: Older son-- Computer Science, prof in Boston, married, 2 children! I am a grandma and spend two days More…a week with the kids while parents contribute to the economy.
Younger son -- University of Wyoming in Political Science. Works in DC.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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After graduating with an English degree from Stanford (alongside Anita Newman) I worked for five summers for the US Forest Service as a YCC Youth Conservation Corps leader in the Wasatch and worked in the ski areas in the winter. That left springs and falls free to travel to Bolinas and to camp in Escalante. After a stint at the Herbarium at the University, I joined Native Plants, Inc. and collected and germinated seed of native trees and shrubs for revegetation projects. After four years in the nursery, I started the seed division of NPI leaving in 1983 to marry Richard "Rick" Dunne, South High '65, and move to Wyoming to plant 200 acres of seed orchards of wildflowers and sagebrush for seed production. We arrived as novice farmers and learned it is hard to even make water run downhill! To market our seeds, we formed a company called Wind River Seed, supplying native seed for revegetation of coal mines, highways, mountain cabins. After my dear Rick died in 2014 I sold the farm to a neighbor who converted it to cow food. For 30 years in our small town of Worland, I ran Tree Board, Master Gardeners, Wyoming Council of the Humanities book discussion, and the Rotary youth exchange student program. Rick helped design our $16 mil private museum called Washakie Museum and Cultural center, where we talk about the origins of the landforms, changing climate, and paleoIndians, (what it was like to make a living in the Big Horns 15,000 years ago). You will know it by the 20 foot tall bronze of a Columbian mammoth out front www.washakiemuseum.org.
On April Fools Day 2017 I left Wyoming for a house on a creek in Concord, Mass. The draw, of course, was grandchildren.

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I arrived in Salt Lake by train in 1965 (full of soldiers heading to Vietnam) from Illinois in time to start our junior year; my family drove over later. Mostly I hung out with the other Unitarians, the philosophy club, math club.

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The oh so serious Philosophy club 1966
Back: Ted Paulsen,Ted's brother, Judy Wheeler, Claire Gabriel (Dunne), Glenn Johnson, Marc McNulty. Middle: Kathy Walden Kaplan,Janette Wheeler, Dan Bunker, Janet Nelson (Sulliva)n, Melanie Preece, Denise Howe (Wood), Peter Thacker Front:Shirley Cutler advisor,Tim Rice, Jeff Hayden,Kathy___,Andy Stine