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Hello. Thank you so much for your page on Lorraine Dunn. I have additional information about Lorraine Dunn. She was my mother. Here is her full bio. I'm hoping you might be willing to complete your entry about her. In any case, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for including her in history.


Lorraine Fay Dunn de Davis was born on September 12, 1942 in Gorgas Hospital in Panama City, Panama to William Dunn Linton and Catherine Lewis de Dunn.

Lorraine was related to accomplished athletes on both sides of her family thus, it was no surprise when she displayed extraordinary speed as a child. Her father was a competitive weightlifter before becoming an accountant for the Panama Canal, and her Aunt Josephine Lewis Sampson held many of the country's records in hurdles. In addition to running track, she initially played softball and volleyball. As she grew older, she focused on track and field, qualified for Panama’s National Team at age 15 and soon broke her beloved Aunt Jo's records.

She emerged in international competition at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. There, she won a silver medal as a member of Panama’s 4x100 meters relay team. As a sprinter in the late 1950s, her rivals included track and field greats Wilma Rudolph, Vivian Brown and Lucinda Williams.

After she graduated from high school in 1961, Rudolph’s coach, Edward S. Temple, offered her a track scholarship to train under him at Tennessee State University. Accepting the offer, she donned the royal blue and white uniforms of the TSU Tigerbelles. Her former rivals became her dear friends with Wilma Rudolph playing the role of "Big Sister" to her when she joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She became part of the University’s dominating tradition in track and field, which during Temple’s 44-year tenure produced 40 Olympians.

Mrs. Davis represented Panama in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where she was one of the first Panamanian women to represent her country in the Olympics. In the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she received a bronze medal in the 200 meters with a time of 24.7 seconds. At the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, she was Panama’s Flag Bearer in the Opening Ceremonies, a distinction she cherished her entire life.

In 1964, she graduated from Tennessee State with Honors, and with the exception of one more meet in Canada, she largely abandoned running to concentrate on a career as an accountant. She worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. and then Pabst Brewing Co., both in Peoria, Ill. In 1974, she briefly coached the University of Kansas Women's Cross-Country and Track Teams before moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 1975.

Settling in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, she worked for a time as an accountant for the Fairfax County Park Authority. For the last twenty years of her life, she was an accountant at the National Bar Association in Washington.

Lorraine Dunn Davis died at the age of 61 on October 16, 2003 at North Arundel Hospital. She collapsed after a heart attack at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where she was about to board a flight to California for a relative’s wedding.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta service sorority and past president of its educational and community service foundation.

She was past treasurer of the Fairfax County-wide PTA and a member of the Williamsburg Manor Civic Association, the National Urban League, the NAACP, the Northern Virginia League of Women Voters and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, John Wesley Davis; a daughter, Aisha Duyen Davis; a son, Kiilu Davis (children: Kiilu Davis II, Donovan Dunn Davis, Makayla Swift Davis); and a sister, Lydia Patricia Dunn de Harris. She was preceded in death by her youngest sister, Raquel Octavia Dunn.

Hi, thanks for the additional information. I will add more information to the page shortly. Cacrats (talk) 20:20, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Hello!!! THANKS, Cacrats!!!! (talk)
Hi, I did what I could with the information that I could find sources for. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any evidence of your mother competing in the 1959 Pan American Games in the 4 x 100 metres relay. The Panamanian women's relay team in Chicago 1959 according to Sports-reference ( was Marcela Daniel, Carlota Gooden, Jean Holmes-Mitchell and Silvia Hunte. This sports-reference link ( states that your mother's breakthrough came at the 1959 Central American and Caribbean Games. Cacrats (talk) 17:13, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Thanks so much, Cacrats!!! I appreciate the changes you did make. They are awesome. I made couple of changes...adding her married name and noted the two grandchildren who have been born since she died. I’M TRULY SO GRATEFUL!!!

On January 13, 2000, the President of Panama posted a full page article with the following pronouncement: Como Presidenta de la República y en nombre de mi equipo de gobierno expreso un sincero reconocimiento a todos los deportistas panamenos, quienes a lo largo del Siglo XX dieron todo su esfuerzo para enaltecer nuestro pais, nacional e internacionalmente. Entre ellos:

My mom’s name was included. I have a copy of the article. But I don’t know how to make it a source. I took a photo of it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MishaDesho (talkcontribs) 18:19, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Also...another edit: In 1974, she briefly coached the University of Kansas Women's Cross-Country and Track Teams before moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 1975. The Chicago Tribune mentions her in their article about the new Coach Bob Timmons, February 5, 1975. Oops. I see I didn’t sign it last time. I don’t know how to use this Wikipedia Talk. But I enjoy learning! MishaDesho talk —Preceding undated comment added 19:36, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
Hi, I was thinking that the best way to provide any more information you have is for you to make a blog at a website that provides a free blog such as You add all the information you want, and then we can put some of it here on Wikipedia and the blog would be the source. Otherwise, people may ask where all this info is coming from and it might be deleted by someone.Cacrats (talk) 17:23, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
Hi, You are Brilliant!!!! I did exactly what you suggest. Here is the link to the page: I do not know how to footnote, but I can add the text regarding the Hall of Fame. Do you mind helping me with the footnotes? I really cannot express how grateful I am! Thank you so much!! MishaDesho (talk) 01:39, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
Hello, for some reason I can't open the link you provided and the info you added to Lorraine Dunn has been deleted by someone already because it was 'unsourced', unfortunately. I will try to come up with a solution.Cacrats (talk) 05:40, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
Ok, I found the Chicago Tribune article from 1975 on I will add the info shortly.Cacrats (talk) 07:58, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the update. I see that someone removed the information. Wow. People are very busy on Wikipedia. ;) Here is the link to the Wordpress Article. FYI...I sent a note to the Olympic website. I am 5'4.5". My mother was 5'7". I've asked them to change it so that we can fix it here. Thanks so much!!! Have a great week. MishaDesho (talk) 05:10, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
Ok I can see your blog now. That is wonderful. I found a bit more information from searching and looking up papers from Tennessee in the 1960s and added some of it here.Cacrats (talk) 05:31, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm sitting at my computer crying. I'm so appreciative of you taking the time and energy to help me with this. I just cannot express what it means to me. Do you think I could add the line "On January 13, 2000, Lorraine Dunn was inducted into the Panamanian Athletic Hall of Fame by Excelentisma Senora Mireya Moscoso, President of Panama." My blog could serve as the source since the image resides there. I don't want to get it taken down again, but I'm hoping the image could be a reference. Thanks again for everything!! MishaDesho (talk) 04:50, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
You're welcome! Yes, I will add more info to it today.Cacrats (talk) 23:13, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
THANK YOU!!!! MishaDesho (talk) 13:17, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
No problem!Cacrats (talk) 05:26, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Suggestions at Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Mongoose Gang[edit]

Hello, your case will be greatly stronger if you can add a few more, and more formal, sources. Your best bet is to go to GoogleBooks and search "mongoose gang grenada". Find some serious academic books (ideally not simple tourist guides) that discuss the gang, its actions, its role, etc. and then add and footnote said info. Note that you can instantly form a WP footnote just by copying the URL in your address bar (once you are inside an individual book) and pasting it into

Great topic, good start, just strengthen it up with a little more info, with backing from some heavier-hitters in the academic and journalistic world. Good luck! MatthewVanitas (talk) 19:25, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

Your submission at Articles for creation: Mongoose Gang (October 8)[edit]

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Thank you for your recent submission to Articles for Creation. Your article submission has been reviewed. Unfortunately, it has not been accepted at this time. Please view your submission to see the comments left by the reviewer. You are welcome to edit the submission to address the issues raised, and resubmit if you feel they have been resolved.

Did you check GoogleBooks for Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Mongoose Gang?[edit]

Neat topic, great gap to fill in, and your second draft is much improved. One question though, have you checked GoogleBooks for coverage? There are a bunch of serious scholarly books that cover these guys, and those are much stronger references than some of the more casual sites you're using now. Consider doing a sweep through gBooks, maybe finding a few more interesting facts, get a few more strong footnotes. Note also you can instantly turn gBooks URLs into WP footnotes using MatthewVanitas (talk) 19:56, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Your submission at AfC Mongoose Gang was accepted[edit]

Mongoose Gang, which you submitted to Articles for creation, has been created.
The article has been assessed as Start-Class, which is recorded on the article's talk page. You may like to take a look at the grading scheme to see how you can improve the article.

You are more than welcome to continue making quality contributions to Wikipedia. Note that because you are a logged-in user, you can create articles yourself, and don't have to post a request. However, you may continue submitting work to Articles for Creation if you prefer.

Thank you for helping improve Wikipedia!

MatthewVanitas (talk) 20:44, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

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