Saturday, March 6, 2021

Jack Dunfey: American Icon - Global Citizen. Part 2 The Peacemaker - Jack Dunfey Crusader for Constructive Change

 Jack Dunfey: American Icon - Global Citizen.

Part 2

The Peacemaker - Jack Dunfey Crusader for Constructive Change

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Welcome to NH Secrets Legends and Lore Podcast, I’m your host Wayne King and this episode is broadcast

concurrently with The Radical Centrist Podcast as part 2 of a special podcast honoring the life of John “Jack” Dunfey

who died this year at the age of 92. If you have not listened to part 1 of the podcast I recommend that you go to the

show notes page at and listen to it as well because it presents the early years of Jack’s life

from his youth to his service in WWII following the attack on Pearl Harbor to his years as CEO of the Dunfey Hotel

corporation and ultimately CEO of Omni International Hotels.

Heroes come in many forms.

There are those who provide inspiration to us because they are thrust into the firmament by a single act or event;

there are those associated with a movement - whether brief or sustained - who summon our better angels.

Then there are those who live a life so exemplary- so filled with rich example - that the entire arc of their lives cries

out for a deep appreciation of how a life, well lived, can lift us all to greater heights - inspiring us to live our own lives

with greater purpose, clarity and impact.

Jack Dunfey was just such a man.

From his earliest years, the middle child of 12 - born to an immigrant family living in the Industrial hub of Lowell,

Massachusetts. His parents, Roy and Katherine Dunfey, working every free moment in the family business in the

“Acre” section of Lowell, Massachusetts; to his years as a fighter pilot and later flight instructor, having enlisted in the

service following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; to his years as the spark plug that took the family from a

single lunch counter to ownership of a clamshack on Hampton Beach and then - one by one, rung by rung, hotel by

hotel - to ownership of flagship hotels and restaurants that would eventually propel him to CEO of Dunfey Hotels and

the international chain of Omni Hotels.

If only a career in service to his beloved country and ascension to leadership of one of the world’s premier hotel

chains were the hallmarks of Jack Dunfey’s life that probably would have been sufficient to qualify him for hero status

in the eyes of many. But the full story of Jack Dunfey was how he wove his dreams - dreams he shared with his 11

brothers and sisters - dreams of social justice, peace and equality, into this already tight tapestry with the enthusiastic

participation of those siblings a became a leader of a heroic family in an age where heroes were desperately needed

and where their emergence would move mountains.

By the time that Jack Dunfey died at 92 he would stand at the side of Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu and

celebrate a new beginning for South Africa; Rejoice a new day for the people of Ireland with John Hulme and George

Mitchell; convince a stubborn Fidel Castro to free more than 80 political prisoners and to remove landmines from the

war torn country of Angola.

He would also set an example for color and gender blind promotion and the ethical respect for employees that was

the forerunner to today’s socially responsible business practices - not only because it was the right thing to do but

because it was good business.

In part 1 of this podcast we followed the course of Jack and the Dunfey family as they grew from a Lowell lunch

counter and a Hampton Beach clam shack to International Hoteliers including their purchase of the Parker House and

their discovery of its connections to the Saturday Club of Emerson, and Oliver Wendall Holmes that would inspire

them to create the New England Circle - and Global Citizens Circle.

In the final part of our podcast - Jack Dunfey: American Icon - Global Citizen we look at the evolution of both a family

and a brand - from hard working immigrant roots to their part in the social justice struggles of their times.

So we bring you part two: The Peacemaker - Jack Dunfey: Crusader for Constructive Change

Dr Douglass Teschner - On Growing Leadership


Dr. Douglass Teschner

Doug Teschner

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Dr. Douglass Teschner is a proven, results-oriented leader, mentor, trainer, and coach who embraces challenge, integrates vision with a passion for excellence, and inspires a higher level of personal and professional performance.  One of his greatest passions is developing leaders and building effective teams and with high levels of transparency and quality communication.


  • 14 years as development director for Riverbend Community Mental Health (including grant writing, fundraising, strategic planning, and public relations)

  • 12 years (six terms) as an elected New Hampshire state legislator (including developing an innovative training program for elected officials). 1990-2002

  • 2 years as a NH assistant secretary of state, supporting elections and designing and managing a statewide grant program for city and town clerks.


Internationally, Dr. Teschner served as a forestry Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in the 1970s and rejoined Peace Corps in 2008 for nine years as a country director and expert consultant, working with more than 1500 Peace Corps Volunteers and 230 staff in Ukraine and five African nations. One staffer wrote:


‘‘Other bosses give orders, you give directions, others give targets, you give vision, others lead by authority and you have always led by respect.”



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