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 Julian Lee Dunlap

Julian Lee Dunlap

LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia, USA
Death 9 Apr 2016 (aged 84)
LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia, USA
Burial Body donated to medical science
Memorial ID 161004066 · View Source
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Posted Apr. 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Julian Lee Dunlap, born Jan. 27, 1932, in LaGrange, Ga., died unexpectedly at home April 9, 2016.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Nothing pleased him more than gathering together with those he loved to enjoy good food, wine and conversation. He was an avid, lifelong learner.

He read the local newspapers each morning over breakfast, introduced National Public Radio to his daughters, Leigh Dunlap of Knoxville, and Lynn Dunlap DeMello of Arden, N.C., and frequently commented aloud on the state of the world.

He was a member and served on the board of directors of Oak Ridge Institute of Continuing Learning (ORICL), and he regularly attended Friends of ORNL luncheons until he was physically unable to continue.

Julian took special delight in his grand children, Hannah (17) and Matthew (15) of Arden, N.C.

Julian earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in 1954 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, at which time he was cited as the most outstanding engineering graduate of the class. He also earned a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University.

His career was spent primarily in the Fusion Energy Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. One notable exception was the summer of 1972, when he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratories in Los Alamos, N.M. It was an adventure the whole family enjoyed. Julian walked to work each day and organized weekend outings to explore historic sites including Bandelier National Monument, Mesa Verde, and Chaco Canyon.

After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1973, Julian began to deal with a long and painful physical deterioration. Rheumatoid arthritis robbed him of the use of his hands and limited his ability to walk, but amazingly never took his spirit. He almost never complained, even though he was in near-constant pain.

In retirement he walked every weekday at the National Fitness Center, which most assuredly kept him from becoming wheelchair bound. His team of specialists applauded his commitment and considered him a model patient in many ways.

As a scientist who valued higher learning, Julian made the decision, with his family’s permission, to donate his whole body to science. He believed he would not need his body after this life ends and strongly desired that it serve a purpose. Julian was a very practical man.

While not a regular church goer in his later years, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge and lived a life that exemplified kindness and courtesy toward others, honesty and ethical behavior in work and personal actions, and concern for humankind and God’s creation at its core.

The love of his life was his wife, Louise, to whom he was happily married for 55 years. He loved her cooking, especially when she experimented with new recipes, but complained there were always too many sweets in the house, which foiled any weight loss attempts.

Julian told his daughters that his wish was to precede Louise in death because he could not imagine living happily — or being well cared for — without her.

In addition to his immediate family, Julian is survived by his son-in-law, Moses DeMello; his twin brother, John Dunlap; nephews, Scot and David Dunlap; niece, Cindy Moon Rose; and six grandnieces and nephews, all of the Nashville, Tenn., area.


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