Captain San Juan Dunbar
International President, 2014-2015
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of the Club’s International President, Captain San Juan Dunbar, on Friday, April 24, in his hometown of Portland, Maine, after a short illness.
Captain Dunbar was a member of the Propeller Club for more than fifty years, having joined as a member of the Student Port at Maine Maritime Academy while still an undergraduate. After sailing abroad, he returned home to Portland, where he retired after many years as a harbor pilot. In retirement, he had split his time between Portland and Miami Beach, where he was also a member of the Propeller Club Port of Miami.
Captain Dunbar was dedicated to the Propeller Club and its mission, and served in a wide variety of roles at the local, regional and international levels of the organization: Port President and Board member, Regional Vice President, long-time member of the International Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He was elected First Vice President of the Club at our 86th Annual Convention in New Orleans, La., in 2012, and became International President at the 2014 Convention in Louisville, Ky. A profile of Capt. Dunbar appeared in our newsletter earlier this month.
Visitation is planned in Portland from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, and funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 1, with burial to follow. Captain Dunbar’s full obituary with additional details will appear in the Portland Press Herald on Tuesday, and will be also available on the newspaper’s website at that time.
To Captain Dunbar’s family, his colleagues in the Propeller Club Port of Portland, and to his many friends, we extend our deepest sympathies.
Under the bylaws of the International Propeller Club of the United States, the International First Vice President, Rick Schiappacasse, a member of the Propeller Club Ports of Baltimore and Jacksonville, will fill the remainder of Captain Dunbar’s term as President, which runs through the 2016 Annual Convention.