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Education Pioneer Dr. Dennis Dunkins Dies At 80

(Friday, January 8, 2021) -- The Fort Worth ISD is saddened by the recent death of education pioneer Dr. Dennis Dunkins.

The family of Dr. Dunkins will say their final goodbyes in a small ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 8. The ceremony, which is limited to family and a few guests because of COVID-19 protocols for funeral services, is being streamed live online.

Dr. Dunkins died December 29, 2020, of COVID-19 complications, according to local media reports. He was 80 years old.

The Fort Worth native is remembered by many for his work advocating for more Black students and educators in leadership roles within the Fort Worth ISD.

In 1986, he along with 12 other Black educators founded the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. He served as the association’s president from 2008-2010.

Dr. Dunkins is fondly remembered by Tarrant County educators and residents for his contribution to the creation of magnet programs in Fort Worth ISD high schools and for organizing college visits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities for FWISD students. He worked for the District from 1980-2009.

In addition to his work as an educator, Dr. Dunkins served on the Trinity Metro Board from 2013-2020.

Read more about Dr. Dunkins’ life and legacy in this recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.

Dr. Dunkins is survived by his wife of 57 years, three children, one brother and three grandchildren. The Fort Worth ISD extends its deepest sympathy to Dr. Dunkins’ family and all who were impacted by his life.


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