Mr. Dunn was dedicated to enhancing medical research programs to improve patient care and further the cure of cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The enormous range of his philanthropic endeavors reflects the breadth of his concern for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the community. Prior to his forming the John S. Dunn Research Foundation in 1977, Mr. Dunn made numerous personal contributions which include:
- The John S. Dunn Heliport at Memorial Hospital, opened in 1973, provided Houston and the metropolitan and surrounding area, with the first medical heliport in the Texas Medical Center. The service has continued to enhance the multi-million dollar Emergency Care Center at Hermann (now the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System).
- The Mirtha G. Dunn Memorial Interfaith Chapel at Hermann Hospital opened in 1974.
- The Freeman-Dunn Sanctuary, which provided the first chapel for patients at The University of Texas Cancer Center at Houston (then named the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute), 1976.
- Support for renovations to the Ashbel Smith Building (“Old Red”), the original building on the campus of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in 1981.
After his death, the Foundation remains committed to supporting organizations and projects that have a medically related connection.
Since inception in 1986, John S. Dunn Foundation has made charitable distributions of $137 million.