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Chapman, John S. (Los Angeles, CA, Aug. 13, 1927--Dubuque, IA, July 1, 2012). Chapman, the eldest of two sons of Nathaniel D. and Barbara Burns Chapman grew up in Virginia. Upon graduation from Fishburne Military School in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy. Dr. Chapman then attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. After graduating, in 1950, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Virginia. Upon graduating from medical school in 1954, Dr. Chapman secured a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa.

As an intern at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, he met his wife, Mary Jo. Chapman came to Dubuque as a medical resident to assist Dr. Eugene W. COFFMAN and returned after completing his residency to join Coffman in practice. In 1960 the two doctors, joined by Dr. James Robert GILLOON, established the Dodge Street Internists. This later was renamed DUBUQUE INTERNAL MEDICINE. He would remain with the practice until his retirement in 1996.

Chapman served as a volunteer physician for the DUBUQUE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION and the Dubuque Rescue Mission free medical clinic. He was a past president and in 1992 chairman of Dubuque Internal Medicine's building committee. Chapman was the founder and first medical director of the Dubuque city ambulance service and past president of the Dubuque Medical Society and the Iowa Society of Internal Medicine. He was responsible for bringing modern, medically-equipped ambulance service to Dubuque and was president and co-medical director of HOSPICE OF DUBUQUE when it became Medicare certified.

Dr. Chapman held membership on the boards of the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association, MOUNT PLEASANT HOME, FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE) Foundation, DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, and the HOSPICE OF DUBUQUE of which he also served as co-director. He was president of the Dubuque Medical Society, Iowa Society of Internal Medicine, Dubuque Museum of Art, Clarke College Nursing and Health Advisory Board, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

In 1992, Chapman was named Internist of the Year by the Iowa Clinical Society of Internal Medicine. During retirement, he was an active member of Dubuque Rotary.


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THonline, July 3, 2012