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The Weekly Star

Whitehorse, Yukon,     Friday, September 4, 1936

Dr. H. J. Nunn Dies, 1936

    Closing a particularly brilliant medical career, death came to Dr. H. J. Nunn, M.M., M.D., L.M,C.C., medical superintendent of Dawson district, on Sunday evening last.

    Death of the prominent surgeon was caused by complications following inflammation of the gall bladder. An expert operation and two blood transfusions by Dr. Robert Hume, ex-resident surgeon at Mountainside Hospital Hospital, Montclair, N.J. who is en route to Ft. Yukon, and Dr. Leroy Sopher of Chilkoot Barracks at Haines, Alaska, proved of no avail, Dr. Nunn passing quietly away at 8 p.m. that evening.

    Born in Essex, England 40 years ago, Dr. Nunn first came to the Yukon about seven years ago, when he had temporary charge of the General Hospital in Whitehorse, where he met the current Mrs. Nunn, then Miss Phyllis Lee, a member of the nursing staff.

    After a short stay in Atlin where he was in charge of the hospital, Dr. Nunn accepted the position of Medical Health Officer of Dawson district in 1931, residing in that district ever since.

    The deceased took an active interest in the fraternal organizations of Dawson and at the time of his death was Master of Lodge No. 45 of the Masonic Order.

    Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon from the Anglican Pro-Cathedral, with honorary pall bearers from other organizations. The largest assemblage in many years turned out to pay last respects to the deceased. The body was escorted to the grave-side by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police escort.

    Dr. Nunn is survived by his wife and daughter Patricia Elizabeth; by a brother in London, England, and a brother in Cincinnatti, Ohio.

    During his brief residence here, Dr. Nunn gained a host of friends in the community and the deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs. Nunn and daughter in their great loss.

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