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Robert Dunne

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Jerome•Dunne
Used nameRobert•Dunne
Born29 August 1899 in River Forest, Illinois (USA)
Died18 May 1980 in Winnetka, Illinois (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsMichigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor (USA)
NOC United States


Robert Dunne competed for the University of Michigan, where he lettered in football, basketball, and track. In 1921 he was a first-team All-American in football, and was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor awarded to the student at each Big Ten university with the best overall record as an athlete and student. After graduating in 1921 he entered law school at Northwestern, but also coached football, serving as a line coach at Northwestern from 1923-26, Harvard from 1927-30, and the University of Chicago in 1935, although by then he was a sitting judge on the Chicago Municipal Court.

In 1930 Dunne left Harvard to practice law in Chicago. He was named to the bench in 1932, serving first as a municipal court judge but in 1936 was named a circuit court judge. From the 1950s until his retirement from the bench in 1976, Dunne was Chicago’s presiding probate judge. He then spent a few years until his death as an associate counsel with McBride, Baker, Wienke and Schlosser. In July 1969, Dunne received a Distinguished American award from the Chicago chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Robert Dunne
Pentathlon, Men (Olympic) 13