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Gwenyth H. Dunbar, executive for Hunt Valley-based armored car company, dies

Gwenyth H. Dunbar and her husband founded Dunbar Armored Car Inc. She was also a painter who worked in acrylics and pastels, and was a member of the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Gwenyth H. Dunbar and her husband founded Dunbar Armored Car Inc. She was also a painter who worked in acrylics and pastels, and was a member of the Baltimore Museum of Art. (Handout)

Gwenyth H. Dunbar, first corporate secretary of what is now Dunbar Armored Car Inc. and a golfing enthusiast, died Saturday from influenza at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Towson resident was 87.

Gwenyth Hall was the daughter of Alan V. Hall, a hospital administrator, and Hildegarde Hall, a registered nurse. She was born and raised in West Hartford, Conn., where she graduated from Hall High School.

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She attended Colby Junior College, now Colby-Sawyer College, in New London, N.H.

In 1951, she married James L. “Jim” Dunbar. Five years later the couple moved to Baltimore and founded Federal Armored Express, now Dunbar Armored Inc.

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Mrs. Dunbar was the first corporate secretary of the business, which grew to become the largest family-owned armored car and full-service security firm in the U.S., employing 6,000 people.

She still remained active in the business, family members said. Her son, Kevin R. Dunbar of Cockeysville, is president and chief executive officer, and her husband is chairman. Also, four grandchildren are employed by the firm.

A former resident of Old Trail in Rodgers Forge, Mrs. Dunbar and her family moved to Timonium in 1967. Since 2016, she and her husband had lived at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson.

Her philanthropic interests included the James L. Dunbar Jr. Memorial Scholarship for continuing education students at Towson University. Mrs. Dunbar and her husband endowed the scholarship, which honors their son, a Towson graduate who died in 1994.

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An avid golfer, Mrs. Dunbar was a 40-year member of the Baltimore Country Club and participated in the group the 9-Holers. She was also a member of the Madison Beach Club and Madison Country Club.

She spent summers at a home in Madison, Conn., on the Long Island Sound, and winters at a home in Key Biscayne, Fla.

A painter who worked in acrylics and pastels, Mrs. Dunbar was a member and patron of the Baltimore Museum of Art. She was also an inveterate gardener.

During summers she was a communicant of Christ Church Anglican in Branford, Conn., and in the winter attended St. Philips Episcopal Church in Coral Gables, Fla.

Mrs. Dunbar also had been a longtime member of St. John’s Western Run Episcopal Church in Reisterstown, where she was the first woman elected to serve as senior warden.

She was a founding member in 2005 of the Anglican Church of the Resurrection, 11525 Greenspring Ave., Lutherville, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Dunbar is survived by a daughter, Kathryn D. Ramsdell of Reisterstown; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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