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Retired ACU professor to receive honorary doctorate in Thailand

Dunn with awards recieved in recognition of his work in Thailand

For immediate release
December 2, 2004

Chiang Mai University in Thailand will present Dr. Floyd Dunn with an honorary doctoral degree for his extensive work in developing the medical school in Chiang Mai.

 The degree will be presented at the 39th Chiang Mai University Commencement Ceremony Jan. 28 in Thailand. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the ceremony. Dunn is professor emeritus of chemistry and dean emeritus of the graduate school at ACU.

“I am humbled,” said Dunn. “This was not anything that I deserved.”

Dunn has been working with Chiang Mai University for nearly 20 years. He lived in Chaing Mai for three years as a biochemistry professor at the newly opened medical school. Dunn has served as a visiting professor at the university for the past 18 years, teaching medical school students and graduate students and helping students in their research. Dunn also helped plan the Ph. D. program in biochemistry at Chiang Mai University.

Dunn first went to Thailand to work with the University of Texas Medical project at Chulalongkorn University 46 years ago. There he heard about plans to build a medical school in Chiang Mai, the first medical school in northern Thailand, and wanted to get involved.

Of the many accomplishments and honors he has received, Dunn said he is especially proud of his work with the students. Several of Dunn’s students now teach at Chiang Mai University, and he has helped many students come to America to study.

“I have seen some Thai students come to ACU and become Christians because of it,” Dunn said. “There is nothing more rewarding than knowing your work can in some way bring people to Christ.”  

In 1996, the King of Thailand presented Dunn the honor of being named Appointed Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand. At Chiang Mai University, the Department of Biochemistry named its library the Floyd W. Dunn Library in his honor. Dunn had donated more than 50,000 books to the library since he has been working with the university.

Dunn graduated from ACU and has been associated with the university ever since. He taught in the Department of Chemistry at ACU for more than 30 years and helped to develop the graduate program at ACU. In his 13 years as dean of the graduate school and dean of research, Dunn was academic advisor to about 200 international graduate students. Dunn’s wife, Pauline, and his three children all graduated from ACU as well.


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