Rambling Photo and Cemetery Family Post

Found this interesting photo of my grandmother Smith’s Uncle, Arthur St. Charles Dunstan, in the Auburn archives.
He was a student at Auburn, when it was Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API), later became a professor of Engineering there, and then head of the Engineering department. There was a building there named after him, Dunstan Hall, for many years, but I believe they may have renamed it.

His brother, my great-grandfather, was John Harris Rowe Dunstan. He also attended Auburn. Arthur, and their mother, Medora Louis Hall Dunstan, are buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Auburn. It still blows my mind that the after party for my wedding was walking distance from the cemetery where my dear Grandma’s own Grandmother, whose Civil War stories of Fredericksburg were handed down in the family, is buried, and I never knew it until years later. From Fredericksburg my line went, through Lee and Chatham county NC, to St. Tammany Parish, LA, and Chattanooga, TN to my parents having me in Atlanta, and me meeting a boy from Auburn, and ending up in that cemetery where my Grandmother’s grandmother is buried.

Think I might go visit old Medora in a couple weeks. See how she’s doing.


  7 comments for “Rambling Photo and Cemetery Family Post

  1. November 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Oh, and he is the one seated, holding the baby.

  2. November 4, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I had no idea Dunstan Hall was named after one of your relatives. That’s very cool.

    I have no idea if the building’s still there or not, but it was definitely there while I was in school. Seems like I had a lab in that building.

  3. November 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Yep, Lyle. It is kinda cool. There are pictures of this guy in the Conference Center, and a few of them in the archives. He was evidently a beloved engineering professor.

    The building, i think, is still there, but has been renamed or rededicated. I can’t remember.

    I know it was there when I visited in college one time.

  4. November 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm
  5. November 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    And an article in the Plainsman that mentions Dunstan Hall is slated for demolition. . http://www.theplainsman.com/view/full_story/9889256/article-Auburn%E2%80%99s-north-campus–The-scenery-is-changing

  6. November 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    How cool is that?

  7. November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    yeah, kinda neato. . .

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