2020 Irish Person of the Year

2020 Irishman of the Year

Joseph A. Dunn, PhD.

Doctor Joe, a research chemist for almost 40 years, lived out Pres. John F. Kennedy’s exhortation to “…ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”  After graduating from UB, Joe began a career investigating how to help others.  His professional journey included the National Institutes of Health, the US Dept. of Agriculture, and several companies searching for the means to promote food security and rural development in the US and around the world.  His research garnered him patents and was diverse: from cancer treatments to squirrel-proof bird seed.

Joe was generous to a fault, giving freely of his expertise and time to national industry boards, Roswell Park, and the Brothers of Mercy.  More importantly, he knew dozens – if not hundreds – of individuals who could use his help – whether by way of getting a job, professional advancement, or maybe even a little cash.  It was this down at the human level contact that endeared Joe to the members of the Amherst Gaelic League, and to the greater Amherst community.  Joe was an ardent supporter of the AGL, a perennial attendee of our party and purchaser of large blocks of tickets – which he then freely distributed to folks he knew would enjoy a good time!  Most recently, as Associate Dean at D’Youville College’s School of Pharmacy, he was the catalyst for our participation in a pharmacy student exchange program with the University of Cork, Ireland.

Shortly after we informed Joe that he was named as this year’s Irishman of the Year he succumbed to a brief illness.  Thus we are celebrating the only posthumous award in the history of the AGL.  We hope you will join us – not so much in an Irish wake, but in celebrating Joe’s legacy of service to others.

Tickets are $50 and are available pre-sale only and include open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Chris Flynn (716.913.7827 or cjflynn@roadrunner.com) or visit our website at http://www.amherstirish.com.