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Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap, USA (Ret.), 14th Chief of the United States Army Nurse Corps, age 81, of San Antonio, died Thursday, April 3, 2003 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. Born in Mission, TX, she was the daughter of the late Ira and Mary Dunlap. She spent her childhood in San Antonio, graduated from Jefferson High School, and received her nursing diploma at Santa Rosa Hospital School of Nursing. Lillian entered the United States Army Nurse Corps in November 1942 and served in the Pacific Theater with the 59th Station Hospital throughout World War II. Her career spanned 33 years in the United States Army culminating in her promotion to Brigadier General and appointment as Chief of the Army Nurse Corps. Her assignments included service at Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Camp Chaffee, AR; Europe; Director, Department of Nursing Science, Medical Field Service School (now the Academy of Health Sciences), Fort Sam Houston, TX; Chief Nurse, U.S. Army Medical Center, Okinawa; Chief, Army Nurse Corps Branch, Washington, DC; Chief Nurse, First Army, Fort Meade, MD; and Chief Nurse, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. As Corps Chief from 1971 to 1975, she led the implementation of the Army Nurse Corps Contemporary Practice Program, the program that introduced the Nurse Practitioner role in the Army. She was also instrumental in establishing the baccalaureate degree in nursing as a requirement for service in the Army Nurse Corps. She held multiple military awards including the Distinguished Service Medal. Lillian earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Incarnate Word College and a Master's Degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University. Incarnate Word College presented her with an Honorary Doctorate in 1987. She was a founding member of the Army Medical Department Museum Foundation and served as its President until recently. She was very active in the San Antonio community having served on the Board of Trustees of Incarnate Word College, Board of Directors of the National Bank of Fort Sam Houston, Board of Directors of GPM Life Insurance Company, the Regional Executive Committee of the National Conference for Community and Justice, and was appointed by the Governor to the Texas National Guard Armory Board. She served on the Texas Governor's Commission for Women, and on the commission for Target '90 goals for the City of San Antonio. Her honors included Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, Texas Women's Hall of Fame, and Living Legacy Award from the Women's International Center. The City of San Antonio honored her devotion to community service by naming one of the city's river barges, "The General Lil." She lived a life of devoted service to God, Family and Friends, and Country. All whose souls she touched will miss her greatly. Lillian was preceded in death by her sister Lucile. She is survived by sisters, Dorothy Mount, Mary Bess Autry and Carolyn Putnam; nephews and nieces, Wayne Mount, Clark Mount and wife Joyce, Sheryl Mount Sanguinetti and husband Chris, Donna Mount Jaglowitz, Jim Autry and wife Maggie, and Chip Putnam and wife Pam; and other nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary Tuesday, April 8, 2003 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. FUNERAL SERVICE WEDNESDAY APRIL 9, 2003 1:00 P.M. DODD FIELD CHAPEL FORT SAM HOUSTON Chaplain (LTC) Stephen L. Bennett, USA (Ret.), officiating. Interment with full military honors in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Army Medical Department Museum on Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Army Medical Department Museum Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8294, San Antonio, TX 78208; the Augusta L. Short Scholarship Fund or the Lillian Dunlap Professorial Endowment, both c/o the University of the Incarnate Word Development Office, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary.

Published in Express-News on Apr. 6, 2003
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