Thomas P. Dunfee
Thomas P. Dunfee, age 80, died peacefully at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City, on July 20, 2020, with family surrounding him during his last days.
Tom is survived by his wife, of 57 years, Gretchen (Dose) Dunfee; daughters, Jennifer (Dave) Reynolds, of South Jordan, Utah, Julie (Jeff) Moore, of Lake Forest, Illinois, and Alison (Mike Hall) Dunfee, of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Zoie, Ben and Jack; brother, Michael Dunfee; sister, Michelle Dunfee; and sister-in-law, Stephany Dunfee.
Tom was born on Jan. 15, 1940, in South Bend, Indiana.
He graduated from Riley High School in South Bend and received his undergraduate degree in 1961 from Indiana University. At Indiana University School of Medicine, he received his Doctorate of Medicine and furthered his education as an Internal Medicine Intern, Resident and Chief Resident. He concluded his medical training as a Fellow of Nephrology.
In 1972, Tom and Gretchen returned to their hometown of South Bend, Indiana, to raise their family. During that year he and his good friend, Dr. Gary Mitchell, opened their practice, Nephrology, Inc. at St. Joseph Medical Center, in South Bend, where they established and were co-directors of the first kidney dialysis unit in northern Indiana. They also developed and were directors of the Family Practice Residency.
In 1992, Dr. Dunfee joined the Dept. of Nephrology and Hypertension at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he was Director of Inpatient Dialysis and continued his love of teaching medical residents as Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program. During his time at Henry Ford Hospital, he took sabbaticals to be a visiting Professor of Medicine at Moi Medical Center in Eldoret, Kenya where he taught medical students and cared for Kenyan patients.
In 2000, Tom retired, with Gretchen, to their beloved home on Little Traverse Lake in Leelanau County. During his retirement years, Tom became a volunteer at the Leelanau Conservancy and joined the board of directors. As president of the board, he led the fundraising to purchase and establish the Swanson Preserve on Little Traverse Lake. He also volunteered to care for patients at the Traverse Health Clinic in Traverse City.
Tom loved and cherished his family and friends; cared deeply for his patients; valued his time teaching young physicians the art of medicine; and was a steward of Little Traverse Lake.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Cherry Hill Haven and Munson Hospice House for their tender care of Tom and to convey thankfulness for their friends who supported them with many acts of kindness during Tom’s illness.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Leelanau Conservancy, 105 N. First Street, P.O. Box 1007, Leland, MI 49654 or Indiana University School of Medicine, AMPATH Global Health Fund payable to “IU Foundation” and mail to IU Foundation, P.O. Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207. Please indicate in memory of Thomas P. Dunfee.
Please share a memory with Tom’s family by visiting his tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com. Tom and his family are in the care of Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on August 9, 2020