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Owen, J.W. (1955). William H. Dunn, M.D—1898-1955. Bul. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 11:357-358.

(1955). Bulletin of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 11:357-358

William H. Dunn, M.D—1898-1955

Joseph W. Owen, M.D.

On February 12, 1955, Dr. William Harold Dunn died of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Lora, of New York City, a son and daughter, Frederick L. Dunn and Cynthia C. D. Fleming, a brother, Romayne S. Dunn, and a sister, Mrs. Annie Brown, both of Scottsville, New York.

A descendant of early settlers in this country, Dr. Dunn attended the public schools of Scottsville, N. Y., and thence went to Mercersburg Academy, where he was graduated at the head of his class. Before the completion of his secondary schooling, however, he volunteered for service in the first World War. In accordance with a childhood resolution to devote his life to the healing arts, he served in the Medical Corps of the Army, and emerged a sergeant.

From 1919 to 1923, Dr. Dunn attended the University of Rochester, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. At college he not only achieved high academic distinction, but was president of the student government and a superb athlete, who came within a tenth of a second of equaling a world record in the 220 yard dash.

"Jack" Dunn, as he was known to his intimate friends, was one of those rare individuals who entered upon a medical career for the specific purpose of acquiring a background for training in psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from Harvard in 1927. During his second year, he had been married to Lora Elderkiss Lester, of Seneca Falls, New York. Following his graduation, he interned at Rochester General Hospital, and in 1928 went to Bellevue Hospital in New York, where he was Assistant Resident in Neurology under Foster Kennedy. There followed two years as Assistant Physician at the Westchester Division of New York Hospital in White Plains, and then, Dr. Dunn, early convinced of the fundamental necessity of psychoanalytic training, went to Berlin for his analysis and training at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute. Upon his return to New York, he was appointed Assistant Attending Psychiatrist to the outpatient clinic of New York Hospital, a full-time position which he held from 1932 to 1936.

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