Robert (Dev) Devereaux Munn, PE

Nov. 4, 2015

Robert Devereaux “Dev” Munn, PE, (BS MECH EGR '48) of Raleigh, N.C., died Oct. 5 at the Stewart Health Center in Raleigh's Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community. He was 89.

He was born Feb. 20, 1926, in Lansing, Mich., the son of the late George Devereaux Munn and Mae Lily Dendel Munn.

He was educated in the Lansing public schools and was part of the V-5 Navy Aviation Program in 1944-1945.

He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1948.

He was a licensed Professional Engineer. He worked in the Railway Research Department of Timken Roller Bearing Company before joining IBM in 1951 as a design engineer. He moved through multiple job responsibilities throughout his 38 years with the company, spanning punch-card machines and work on the precursor to the dot matrix printer, to helping develop modern fiber-optic connectors and international standards for their manufacture and use.

As a member of the Endicott, N.Y., Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), he ran for state president in the late 1950s. He was a volunteer fireman with the Campville Fire Department, assistant scoutmaster for an Explorer Post, and a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, N.C., serving as president, building and grounds chair, and a member of the UUFR Foundation Board. He was part of the Wake County Democratic Men and served for a time as precinct chair. He was a member of a barbershop chorus in every community where he lived: Westchester County, N.Y., Princeton, N.J., and Raleigh, N.C. In his later years, he was passionate about population control, and lobbied for population control in Washington D.C., as well as around the state.

He was an avid runner.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Catherine, “Kitty” Munn; his sister, Eleanor Hazzard of Brandon, Fla.; three children: Donald D. Munn of Raleigh, Debbie Munn Baughn (David) of Madison Ala., and Judith A. Munn (John Perry) of Mountain View, Ark.; and five grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh on Nov. 8.

Memorials may be sent to the Memorial Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh, N.C., 27607, or to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, N.C., 27615.

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