James O'Dwyer Dunaway

  • Born: August 17, 1927
  • Died: March 15, 2015
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

James O'Dwyer Dunaway, age 87, died peacefully in his bed in Austin, Texas after a brief illness on March 15, 2015.

Born on August 17, 1927 in Houston, Texas, Jim served in the US Navy during World War II before receiving his bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 1949. After graduation he worked for General Electric, then for a series of advertising agencies, and ultimately settled into his noted career as a sportswriter and editor. He lived for many years in Tenafly, New Jersey before relocating to the Austin, Texas area.

A self-taught journalist and avid runner, Jim attended every summer Olympics between 1956 and 2008 and wrote articles on track and field for numerous well-known publications. He authored the best-selling Sports Illustrated Book of Track and Field: Running Events.

Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Rachel Dunaway Gooch, and is survived by his sister Melanie Kieffer, brother John O'Dunaway and his beloved only son, David Buck Dunaway.

Memorial contributions to the Marbridge Foundation are welcome. Please see https://www.marbridge.org/donate/secure-online-giving.

An informal memorial gathering is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm in Salons A and B of the AT&T Conference Center at 1900 University Avenue in Austin.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to learn of Jims death. He was a wonderful friend of Owens. Now their both gone.
GInny Landon

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2017

Our family is saddened by Jim's death. We miss him dearly. Would a relative please get in touch with me. My name is Jo Vaughan. I would appreciate any word on David Buck Dunaway or David's caretaker. We are long-time friends of Jim since his college years.


Posted by Jo Vaughan - Tenafly, NJ   February 07, 2017

A good neighbor & brilliant man Mr. Dunaway, you will be missed! The Homeowners Association Board that you were an active and concerned member of - will never be the same now. Thank you for caring about our neighborhood! Thank you for touching our lives. Our sympathy to your family. Julia & B. A. Wilcoxson

Posted by Julia & BA Wilcoxson - Manchaca, TX - Neighbors & Friends   April 29, 2015

Jim, you were a true friend for almost 40 years. I will miss you dearly. RIP.

Posted by Bill Gloede - Spruce Head, ME - Friend   April 24, 2015

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To Jim's family, As Jim rest now in peace, please know that heartfelt prayers are with all of you during this grievous time. As you reflect on the times spent with Jim may those memories always bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. And although there are no words that can take away the pain, please remember that you are not alone. Psalms 46:1 says that God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress. He will help you through this time (Isaiah 41:10) because he cares for you. He gave his son so that we might gain life eternal. (John 3:16). May this promise and God's love comfort you and bring you peace. Philippians 4:7; Acts 17:31; John 11:25; Revelation 21:3,4; Matthew 6:9,10.