Biography of Dr. Ira J. Dunn
Erie County, PA Biographies

Dr. Ira J. Dunn, who ranks among the leading physicians and surgeons of Erie, is a native of Crawford County, Pa. He was born Nov. 12, 1863, and is the son of Holton D. and Diantha (Curtis) Dunn, natives of Pennsylvania. Their family consisted of four children: Lizzie R.; Thomas D., a physician; Ira J. the subject of this sketch; and Arthur D., Dunn, a prominent physician of Omaha, Nebr.

Dr. Ira J. Dunn received his college preparatory education in the public schools of Crawford County, Pa., and in 1881 entered Allegheny College at Meadville, from which he was graduated in 1886. He then accepted the principalship of the Linesville public schools, where he remained one year, and in 1887 he resigned the same and entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. At the end of the year he 'temporarily abandoned his medical studies and accepted the professorship of Latin in the First district normal school of West Chester. He remained there one year, when he returned to the University of Pennsylvania and in 1891 was graduated from the medical department. He then became assistant surgon in the Miner's State Hospital at Hazelton, Pa. He remained there about six months, when he resigned and began a special course on the eye. In March, 1892, he was appointed assistant physician at the State Hospital at Harrisburg, Pa., and after nearly a year in that institution he returned to Philadelphia and took a special course at the Philadelphia Polyclinic for graduates in medicine, on the eye, ear, nose and throat. He then engaged in practice at Meadville, where he remained but a short time, and in February, 1894, he located in Erie. Doctor Dunn has been in his present location in the Masonic Temple building since 1910. He has an excellent practice and is known as a thoroughly capable man in his profession. During the past year Doctor Dunn has been associated in practice with Dr. George H. Clapp.

Doctor Dunn was married Oct. 21, 1898, to Miss Addie E. Phillips, and they have four children: Thomas P., a successful young attorney of Erie; Dr. F. L., a graduate of the University of 'Chicago, also the Medical Department of Harvard University, now an interne in the Presbyterian hospital; Suzanne, attended the University of Chicago, and the Radcliffe f2ollege for Women at Harvard, now a graduate nurse, lives in Erie; and Florence, attended the Universities of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Doctor Dunn is a member of the County, State and the American Medical Association. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Science, the Opthalmological and Oto-Laryngoligical and the Oxford (England) Opthalamological Congress.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
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