Allistair Dunn

Allistair Dunn was born April 21, 1921 in Scotland. When he was five, his family emigrated to Detroit, Michigan, where he grew up and attended school. After graduation, Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps in the beginning of WWII. He performed as a radio operator in a B-29, flying in 128 missions and twice receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After being discharged, he returned to Detroit and his job at Ford Motor Company. He met with Marilyn, who he met as a teenager, and they married and had four children. He graduated in 1951 with a BS in Industrial Management.

Al moved his family to Dayton in 1964 so he could become President of Master Consolidated, a Division of Koehring Corporation. Later, Miami Valley Hospital Board Chairman Fred Smith asked Al to join the MVH board as a trustee. Fred felt Al could lead MVH to the next level as a leading healthcare organization in the region. After joining the board, Al became instrumental in creating the Care Flight air medical transportation program.

Al used his knowledge of the air ambulance programs used during the Vietnam and Korean wars and how many lives they saved. He had read studies that showed the higher probability of survival if they get to the hospital within sixty minutes of trauma or injury. In 1983, Miami Valley Hospital became the first air medical program in the region and the 65th civilian air ambulance in the nation.

Care Flight now has four helicopters in their fleet and has served over 200 hospitals, 700 fire and police departments and completed over 74,000 flights since 1983.

Al Dunn passed away January 22, 2015 and he is laid to rest in the Memorial Mausoleum at David Cemetery.

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