Reed J. Dunn, Jr. writing as Jack Dunn was born in 1934. He grew up on a farm in rural, southwestern Pennsylvania. His childhood experiences included attending a one-room country school, being engaged in a variety of farm chores and following the military exploits of older cousins. He was educated in the Washington County public schools. He earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Geography at Penn State University.
His entire professional life was in the field of planning and community development most of which was at the executive management level. His earliest employments were with a consulting engineering firm and state government. From 1965 until 2000 he was the Executive Director of the York County (Pennsylvania) Planning Commission. He was a charter member of both the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners and in 1972 was President of the Pennsylvania Planning Association.
During the years that he lived in York he was involved in a variety of civic and quasi-governmental activities that focused on such area as economic development, tourism, community infrastructure and the environment.
His wife of forty-five years, Almeda Engle Dunn, passed away in 2008. A son, Bradley, resides in York. A brother, Daniel, resides in California.
He currently resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with his partner, Naomi Meyer. His leisure time activities include writing and volunteer work. Special interests include genealogy and family histories.