Dr. William Robert Dunn Sr., a longtime Forsyth County family physician, died Monday afternoon, March 26, at age 92.
Dunn retired from practice in 2010, but he spent another five years volunteering his medical services at the Good News Clinics in Gainesville.
David Broome of Forsyth County, a former longtime patient of Dunn’s, said he “was just the nicest guy. Just a wonderful, old-school guy who took care of his patients so well. He was absolutely spot-on when it came to medication and procedures, but always with this very amiable, friendly way of talking to you … you felt as if he truly was concerned and interested in what you were going through.”
Added Broome: “And, he really did care.”
Bonnie Blanton of Forsyth County, also a former patient of Dunn’s, said he was “a great doctor … even when I was really (young) he had a way of making me feel better by how he talked and his overall personality.”
Dunn was born in Atlanta and graduated from North Fulton High School and Davidson College, earning his his medical degree in 1947 from Emory University. He wed Norma Kehr Dunn in June 1947. They were married for 60 years, raising a family together.
He spent two years in a surgery residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He then enlisted in the Navy and served in the Korean War, later returning to Grady Hospital to complete his pediatric residency in 1954.
He then traveled to Belgium to learn French to prepare for a tropical medicine residency. He spent three years as a medical missionary in the Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Three decades later in 1984, he returned to the Congo for another missionary tour.
Returning to the United States, he set up a family practice in Cumming.
According to Dunn’s obituary, “his medical practice was extremely busy and patients would often line up in his waiting room with sack lunches until he could attend to their needs.”
He also trained physician assistant students from Emory University. He remained active in his Emory Medical Class of 1947 reunions.
He also taught an adult Sunday school class and sang in the choir at Cumming First United Methodist Church, as well as being active with Meals on Wheels, and working on his cattle farm in Forsyth County.
Dunn was also a major donor in a land grant that helped preserve 932 acres on Sawnee Mountain and created the Sawnee Nature Preserve.
A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Cumming First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathie Stasko and Bob Bowling officiating, followed by a reception in the Family Life Center.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory in Cumming is in charge of arrangements.