Laurie Louise Dunn '77
Neonatologist, Wake Area Health Education Center
B.S., Davidson, 1977
M.D., Duke University, 1981
Former: President, Alumni Association Board; Alumni Service Award, 2002; Annual Fund Class Agent; Ex-Officio Trustee; Member, Steering Committee, Life Sciences fundraising; Ne Ultra Fundraising Agent
Hall Counselor, Emanon House; Women's Basketball; Women's Field Hockey; Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Epsilon Delta; Counselor, Davidson July Experience
Member, American Academy of Pediatrics; Member, North Carolina Medical Society; Member, North Carolina Neonatology Association; Member, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine; Reviewer, Pediatrics and Journal of Pediatrics; Regional Trainer, American Academy of Pediatrics, Neonatal Resuscitation Program; Medical Director, Mothers' Milk Bank, WakeMed Health and Hospitals; United Cerebral Palsy
Spouse: J. Crawford Crenshaw III '76
Children: Margaret "Meg" Louise Crenshaw and Molly Mackenzie Crenshaw '13
"My lifelong love of Davidson College started with sports. I loved watching Driesell-era basketball games with my Davidson-educated father and four brothers. I played (or mostly bench warmed) for Davidson's first women's basketball and hockey teams. Now, my husband (also a Davidson grad) and I attend as many Davidson volleyball games as possible, watching our daughter play.
But sports, while fun, play just a small part of the rich Davidson world. Excellent academic experiences, extraordinary service opportunities, and the ever-increasing global connection all happen within a supportive, safe, but challenging environment. The very best part is the Davidson family: faculty, alumni, staff, and students. Many of my lifelong friendships blossomed at Davidson and are nurtured by this common connection.
Over the decades, I have been fortunate to serve Davidson in various roles. My favorite part has been hearing the voices and stories of the Davidson family. So many people have wonderful memories and feel strong ties with the college. But some stories, especially during times of change or turmoil (war years, integration, early years of coeducation, and church-relatedness), are more complex and sometimes painful.
Great institutions have firmly rooted traditions, but must change when required. Institutional roadmaps (The Davidson Trust and the recent Strategic Plan) help create pathways to the future, but the way ahead is nuanced. Change must occur to keep Davidson vibrant; traditions must be valued to maintain its core character. The near-universal common thread at Davidson is the important role of the larger community, through its collective wisdom and compassion, in finding workable solutions in these difficult times.
My medical work-life has been tied to the academic world of UNC. I enjoy the challenges, the diversity of people, and the abundance of ideas within an academic institution. If elected, I will be flattered and honored to serve and will do my best to bring as many voices and ideas to the table to help guide Davidson forward."