Dr. James H. Dunlap

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Dunlap, Dr. James H.

Dr. Dunlap died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Faith Regional Health Services. James Hildreth Dunlap, M.D. was born March 18, 1926, to Shepherd M. and Beulah Irene (Hildreth) Dunlap at University Place, Lincoln. Doctor Dunlap attended Hartley Grade School, Jackson High School and graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in January, 1944. He enlisted in the Navy December 7, 1943, and was assigned to the Navy V12 program at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, KS. In July, 1945, he was transferred to the V12 program at Northwestern University at Evanston, IL, where he completed his pre-medical training. He then was dismissed from the Navy and attended the University of Nebraska Medical School in Omaha, graduating in 1950. James and Ara Jane Hill were united in marriage during his sophomore year in medical school. While in medical school, he was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Following graduation, Dr. Dunlap served his medical internship, at Indianapolis General Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. After completing his internship he re-enlisted in the Navy. Anticipating a delay in his enlistment, he accepted a two-month fill-in position in Norfolk with Doctors C.J. and Val Verges. During this time in Norfolk the first of the Dunlap's five children was born. After a full year of delays, enlistment papers were finalized in September, 1952, and Dr. Dunlap was assigned to the U.S. Navel Hospital and U.S. Marine Air Station in Quantico, VA. The Dunlaps returned to Norfolk following the completion of his Navy enlistment in September, 1954, when Doctor Dunlap then joined the practice of Dr. S.H. Brauer. Doc always found it amusing that he had served a total of eight years in the military - Navy, Army Reserve, Navy attached to the Marine Corps - and never saw a day of overseas or ship duty. Doctor Dunlap was a general practitioner of medicine during the time prior to a plentiful supply of specialists. His medical practice was in the general care of patients, but also heavy in surgery and obstetrics, having delivered nearly 3000 babies in his forty years of service to Norfolk and the surrounding communities. He retired from the practice off OS medicine in 1990. Doctor Dunlap was very active in the Northeast Nebraska Medical Association, served as president of the Lutheran Community Hospital, and as president of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, life member and president of the Nebraska Medical Association 1973-74, member of the Board of Directors, Nebraska Medical Association 1972-77, chairman, Professional Liability Committee Nebraska Medical Association 1975-90, member of the Legislative Committee, Nebraska Medical Association 1977-1990, member Nebraska Board of Examiners in Medicine and Surgery 1981-1990, chairman, Nebraska Board of Examiners in Medicine and Surgery 1986-87, 1989-1990, member of Task Force on Disciplinary Action for Licensing of Health Professionals, Nebraska Board of Examiners in Medicine and Surgery, member, Task Force on Drug and Chemical Dependency for Licensing of Health Professionals, Nebraska Board of Examiners in Medicine and Surgery, representative member to the Federation of State Medical Boards 1982 - 1990, member Nominating Committee Federation of State Medical Boards 1985,1986,1987, member of Flex Transition Task Force for the Federation of State Medical Boards. Doctor Dunlap was also a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska from 1976 thru 1986. In 2003 he was presented the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding service to medicine. He was honored to have followed in the medical footsteps of his maternal grandfather, Dr. Mortimer L. Hildreth, who practiced medicine in Lyons, NE, for fifty years from 1880 through 1930, and who was president of the Nebraska Medical Association in 1893. Having a life-long interest in boxing, Dr. Dunlap served, gratis, as the ringside physician and medical examiner for boxers prior to competition for the Northeast Nebraska Golden Glove boxing program from 1962 until his retirement from the practice of medicine in 1990. During this time he served on the Nebraska Athletic Advisory Committee. Doc was an outdoor enthusiast and a mechanical genius. He never met an outdoor challenge or a mechanical repair too daunting to undertake. He also loved woodworking, and remodeled the Dunlap house when the family lived in Norfolk, and served as the architect and contractor for the house that they built on their farm in the country. In 1956, when the Dunlaps decided they wanted to camp and campers weren't being built to accommodate larger families, Doc designed and built his own camper, which was enjoyed by the family for 17 years. In his building repertoire was furniture, garages, gazebo, tree selling sheds, chicken house, farm bins, machine sheds, whatever was needed. The Dunlaps purchased a farm in 1967 on which they immediately planted the first trees of Dunlaps' Christmas Tree Plantation. The tree farm continued in operation until 2002. The cropland was farmed by hired farmers until Doc decided in 1982 he would farm it himself, which he did at night until he retired from medicine in 1990. At that time he then became a full time daytime farmer. He used to laugh that his crop rows weren't any straighter after he started farming in the daytime than they were when he planted at night. He delighted in caring for his used machinery, and there were few of the many mechanized disasters that he couldn't over come. Farming with all used machinery was an ever-present challenge that he enjoyed. Doctor Dunlap passed on his mechanical skills to his two sons, but also to his three daughters, all of whom learned to fix leaky faucets, mow their own lawns, tackle the repairs of their own appliances, paint their own alts and still find time to fish, camp, and hunt. Doctor Dunlap is survived by his wife, Ara Jane Dunlap; their children, Mary Virden, Patrick Dunlap, Paul Dunlap, Ann Woolard, and Sarah Heckathorn; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elsbeth Dunlap Evenson; and his beloved cousin, Edward Hildreth Gillette.
FUNERAL SERVICES for Dr. James H. Dunlap, 87, Norfolk, will be 4:30pm, Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Frist Presbyterian Church. BURIAL will be in the Best Cemetery, west of Norfolk with military rites by American Legion Post 16, VFW Post 1644, and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. VISITATION will be Friday 5-7pm at Home for Funerals, Norfolk, NE. HOME FOR FUNERALS
Norfolk, NE 402-371-3330


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Published in Omaha World-Herald on Apr. 26, 2013
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