A steely-eyed throng of sixteen hitters, led by Dr. Tom(b) and Lily
Delivery marched into the boardroom of Hewlett-Packard to vote themselves a
five-point hit from former company CEO Patricia Dunn. Ms. Dunn, who had earlier
risen through the ranks to CEO of Barclays Global Investors, was named one
of the most powerful business women in the nation by Fortune magazine. Her
tenure at H-P ended in disgrace.
Dr. Tom(b) and Lily Delivery, tied for the lead, each rose to 70 points
for the season. The Sick Puppies continued their climb up the rankings and
captured 3rd-place. Dinner Without Jack Klugman ended a scoring drought
dating back to early June and climbed back into the Top 20.
I'd be remiss if I did not mention that Habeas Corpse and Clankums are
having great seasons based on their career stats. Second year Gamester Not
Dead Fred rose to 34 & 11, which is quite an improvement over their 12 & 7
rookie effort. Dead Wait, who improved to 19 & 9, rose farther than
anyone, 14 spots, with the five-pointer.
12.04 PATRICIA DUNN ( 5 ) Cedar Coffins Divinely
Supine Lily Delivery Clankums Dr. Tom(b) Not Dead Fred Dead Wait
Fade To Black Petit Mort Death Wish Habeas Corpse Pontius Dinner With
Jack Klugman Johnny B. Dead Sick Puppies Tomb Essence 16
Milestone Watch: The Dinner Without Jack Klugman team made it to 200
career hits with Dunn. They average about 12.50 hits a year which is quite a
feat. The lovely and talented Divinely Supine reached 300 career points
with the hit.
The Obituary (New York Times)
By _DAMON DARLIN_
Published: December 5, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO — _Patricia C. Dunn_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/d/patricia_c_dunn/index.html?inline=nyt-per) , who rose
from a secretary to lead Barclays Global Investors and then serve as
chairwoman of _Hewlett-Packard_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/hewlett_packard_corporation/index.html?inline=nyt-org) only to have
her career eclipsed by her involvement in an attempt to stop boardroom leaks
by spying on directors, journalists and employees, died on Sunday at her
home in Orinda, Calif. She was 58.
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Pool Photo by Paul Sakuma
Patricia C. Dunn, the former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman, leaving a
courtroom in 2006.
The cause was ovarian cancer, her husband, William Jahnke, said. She had
been treated for three types of cancer since 2002.
As its chief executive, Ms. Dunn built Barclays Global Investors into the
largest institutional money manager in the country; Fortune magazine ranked
her among the most powerful women in business. She was later named the
nonexecutive chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard after the firing of Carly Fiorina as
chief executive and chairwoman in 2005.
While Ms. Dunn was chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard, the company’s board
became concerned about leaks of its deliberations to the press. Ms. Dunn
authorized a spying operation and put it in the hands of outside investigators,
who ran amok. They obtained phone records of board members, employees and
journalists who wrote about the company and followed some of them. They even
considered an operation to enter the San Francisco offices of The Wall
Street Journal _posing as a cleaning crew_
(http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/20/technology/20hewlett.html) in order to snoop.
Ms. Dunn maintained that she was a scapegoat, saying her actions had been
taken with the board’s knowledge and approval.
She later testified before a Congressional subcommittee that she had not
directed the investigations but had been guided by the company’s lawyers.
Documents submitted to the subcommittee showed that the company’s lawyers had
started the operation before informing Ms. Dunn of it, although the efforts
were known internally by the name of a Hawaiian resort, Kona. The lawyers
told her that the phone records had been obtained legally, she said. She
later resigned from the board.
As a result of her role, she was indicted along with four others in
California on felony charges of using false pretenses to obtain confidential
information from a public utility, unauthorized access of computer data,
(http://topics.nytimes.com/your-money/credit/identity-theft/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier) and conspiracy.
But the state dropped all charges against Ms. Dunn shortly afterward,
saying the action was “in the interests of justice.” She had just learned of a
recurrence of cancer. She also battled breast cancer and melanoma.
“She was a really gifted businesswoman from very humble beginnings,” said
a friend, Karen Kaplowitz, organizer of the Legal Momentum Aiming High
awards, one of many honors Ms. Dunn received. “She rose through the ranks
because she was very good at what she did.”
Patricia Cecile Dunn was born on March 27, 1953, in Burbank, Calif., the
daughter of a vaudeville actor and a Las Vegas showgirl. Her father died of a
heart attack while she was still a girl. The family then moved to Marin
County, north of San Francisco. Her mother later died of breast cancer.
Ms. Dunn attended the University of Oregon before transferring to the
University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated in 1975 with a degree in
journalism. After briefly working for a community newspaper in San
Francisco, she was hired as a secretary for Wells Fargo Investment Advisers (which
became Barclays Global), then rose through the ranks as she earned a
reputation as an ace saleswoman.
She was among the first women to run a large investment management company
in the United States, and she introduced an index fund and other
computer-intensive quantitative investment management techniques in wide use today.
Her most important accomplishment there was the creation of Exchange-Traded
Funds, which despite initial resistance from the firm’s corporate parent
became a highly lucrative product. _E.T.F.’s_
are a basket of stocks that reflect the industry category or an index.
Besides Mr. Jahnke, her husband of 30 years and the former chief executive
of Wells Fargo Investment Advisers, Ms. Dunn is survived by their two
daughters, Janai Brengman and Michelle Cox; a son, Michael Jahnke; a brother,
Paul Dunn; a sister, Debbie Lammers; and 10 grandchildren.
A version of this article appeared in print on December 6, 2011, on page
A26 of the New York edition with the headline: Patricia C. Dunn Dies at 58;
Led H.P. During Spying Case.