|Birth: ||Jul. 18, 1918|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 2001|
CUNNINGHAM, Dr. John Newport - TUSCOLA - Dr. John Newport Cunningham, 82, of Tuscola died 2 p.m. Wednesday, (March 7, 2001). Mass of Resurrection (was) held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuscola, with the Rev. Allen Kemme officiating. Visitation (was) Friday in Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Tuscola, with 8 p.m. vigil services. Burial: Arcola Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Cunningham Endowment Fund at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Development Office, 800 W. Jefferson, Kirksville, MO 63051. This fund was established upon the death of his father, Dr. C. J. Cunningham, who practiced for 68 years in Villa Grove. The funds are distributed through the endowment to students who will eventually practice osteopathic medicine in a small town or rural setting.
Dr. Cunningham was born July 18, 1918, in Villa Grove, the son of Dr. Charles John and Nell Newport Cunningham. He graduated from Villa Grove High School, where he played football. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1942.
He served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 in the South Pacific with the First Marine Division-Seventh Marines.
He married Betty Jane Hunt, July 6, 1946. Betty passed in 2003.
Surviving are 5 sons:
20 grandchildren; a brother; a sister. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. His father, two brothers and two sons were all osteopaths.
Dr. Cunningham was an osteopathic physician and surgeon in Villa Grove from 1946 to 1947 and in Tuscola from 1947 to 1997 and was president of Douglas County Tuberculosis Board and Public Health Board. He was attending staff physician at Cole, Burnham and Mercy hospitals. Dr. Cunningham was president of the Illinois Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and was selected Practitioner of the Year in 1973. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from Kirsville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fellow Award of American College of General Practitioners and Illinois State Medical Society 50-Year Club. He was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and Preceptor in Family Practice at both Kirsville and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cunningham was a member of American Osteopathic Association, Illinois Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, American College of General Practitioners of Osteopathy and Surgery, American Medical Association and Illinois Medical Society.
He was a member of Fory Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola.
A personal note: Through Jack's sons Bill and Mike, I got to know and enjoy the Cunningham family. Jack and Betty were always gracious and friendly to me.
Bill and I were in the same class of 1966 at Tuscola High. It was a fun experience to observe the interaction of the family members with one another: children to parents, siblings to siblings. It was a rich dynamic that was both instructive and hilarious. I'll cherish the memories those shared times afforded me. [Dr. Jack even performed sugery on my shin bone to remove a tumorous growth in 1971.] HGR
Charles J Cunningham (1892 - 1987)
Nell A Newport Cunningham (1892 - 1967)
Betty Jane Hunt Cunningham (1923 - 2003)
Arcola Township Cemetery
Created by: Harold G. Richards
Record added: Jul 08, 2009
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