FRIPP ISLAND – Dr. Adolphus William Dunn, Jr., Captain, United States Navy (Ret.), of Fripp Island, South Carolina, died Friday, June 13, 2014, at his residence.
He was born in Eden, North Carolina, on November 23, 1922, the son of the late Adolphus William Dunn and the late Sally Gray Ivie Dunn.
Dr. Dunn was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wake Forest University and received his medical degree at Duke University, School of Medicine. His internship was at Yale University Hospital. He served residencies at the U.S. Naval Hospitals in San Diego and Bethesda, at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston where he was Chief Orthopedic Resident, and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Dunn served on active duty in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy for 21 years, retiring in 1965 with the rank of Captain. He then joined the Ochsner Medical Institution in New Orleans, where he was Chairman and later Emeritus Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Ochsner Clinic and Ochsner Foundation Hospital for 23 years. He was also Clinical Professor at Tulane University, School of Medicine, a visiting surgeon at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, and a Consultant to South Louisiana Medical Center in Houma, Louisiana.
He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery where he was an official examiner for the board for 18 years. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Orthopedic Association, as well as many other medical organizations, including Chairmanship of the Orthopedic Section of the Southern Medical Association. He was the author of numerous articles in his specialty.
Dr. Dunn resided at Fripp Island since retiring from practice in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara.
He is survived by his fiancée, Mary Lou Geros of Fripp Island, South Carolina; two sons, Adolphus W. Dunn III of Huntersville, North Carolina and John B. R. Dunn of Corvallis, Oregon; two grandchildren, and a sister, Jean Harrington of Eden, North Carolina.
A graveside service, with full United States Navy honors, will be held at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, June 17, 2014, at Beaufort National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Dr. A. William Dunn Orthopedic Surgery Endowed Fund at Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Division of Philanthropy – 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121.