Karen Dunn, 66

July 21, 2010
  • Karen Dunn

-JULY 16, 2010

Karen Dunn, known as a leader and innovator in the management of residential real estate sales, died Friday, July 16, 2010, at the age of 66 after a long battle with cancer.

Karen retired in 2005 as the manager of the Annapolis Church Circle office of Coldwell Banker. She led the Church Circle office to unequaled records in sales volume and profit. Previously, Karen had worked in the corporate offices of O'Conner, Piper and Flynn, where she pioneered the "real estate office of the future" and filled in at various locations as interim manager to rescue troubled offices. She also worked for Merrill Lynch and Prudential managing offices in Eastport and Bowie.

Karen was born in Hagerstown, Md., graduating from South Hagerstown High School. She attended Hood College in Frederick, Md., and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Earlier in her career, she worked for Auto Train Corp., rising to vice president. She began her professional career as a teacher. Karen established the Head Start program in Carroll County, Md.; taught developmentally disabled children; and engaged in primary, secondary and adult education in Maryland, Florida and Turkey.


Karen was a member of Martini Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore. Previously, she had been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Annapolis and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Greenbelt, Md., serving as an elder in both congregations. Prior to her illness, Karen was active in a variety of community organizations and causes.

She was the daughter of Kenneth E. Carbaugh and Lorraine Carbaugh Martz; and she was the granddaughter of Scott A. and Leila D. Barber and Frank and Emma Carbaugh.

Karen is survived by her husband of more than 40 years, Richard Dunn (they were residents of the Loch Haven neighborhood in Edgewater, Md., for nearly 28 years); and her loving and devoted son, Christian Dunn and daughter-in-law, Alayne Dunn, of Baltimore. Others grieving Karen's loss include her brother, Kenneth Carbaugh of Hagerstown; sister, Candace Clevenger of Woodbridge, Va.; sister, Melody Hain of Hagerstown; as well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be Monday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to noon, with a memorial service to follow at noon, at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Inurnment will follow in the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen's memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 1041 Route 3 North, Gambrills, MD 21054.

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