Reuben W. Dunn

Reuben W. Dunn, Chi 1868, Phi Alpha 1871-1872

Reuben W. Dunn, Chi 1868, Phi Alpha 1871-1872, was a railroad executive, businessman and community leader in Waterville, Maine.  Mr. Dunn was President of the Maine Central Railroad, built the Lockwood Hotel in 1880 and redeveloped the Lockwood Mill, which was the home of the Hathaway Shirt Company for many years and is now the Hathaway Creative Center (which includes the newly developed Lockwood Hotel).  Brother Dunn, who was a Trustee of Colby College, also held the U.S. patent for the Bush Hook (June 14, 1910).

During Brother Dunn’s tenure as Phi Alpha, Zeta Psi established the first fraternity on the West Coast at the University of California- Berkley in 1870.

As an active brother at Colby, he was instrumental with George L. Chandler in the establishment of the Zeta Psi (Lambda) chapter at Bowdoin College in 1867.

View the 1910 Bush Hook Patent