Jean-Jacques Gunning, physician

Dr. Jean-Jacques Gunning, a retired Navy captain and an expert on infectious and tropical diseases and parasitology, died July 6 at his home in Pinehurst of complications after surgery.

Dr. Gunning, who was 62, returned to Baltimore and practiced medicine after he retired in 1978 from the Navy Medical Corps. For nearly 10 years, he was senior vice president, medical director and director of medical education at St. Agnes Hospital.


He was an associate professor at the University of Maryland medical school and had also taught at the University of California Los Angeles and Louisiana State University. He wrote many articles for professional journals and frequently lectured on matters within his specialties.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Calvert School, Loyola High School, Loyola College and the University of Maryland medical school.


He entered the Navy in 1954 and was an intern at the San Diego Naval Hospital and did his residency at the Naval Hospital in Boston. He did graduate work in tropical medicine at LSU and in Costa Rica and Brazil.

He was a flight surgeon for two Marine air units, chief of medicine at the Naval Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam, and executive officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit in Taipei, Taiwan.

He was a delegate to a medical planning conference of the Southeast Asian Treaty Organization medical planning conference.

Among his assignments in the United States, he was chief of medicine and later chief of staff at the Naval Medical Center at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was in charge of medical evaluations of returning prisoners of war from Vietnam and supervised the health care of Vietnamese refugees.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit with V for Valor and a Meritorious Service medal. While stationed at Camp Pendleton, he was given the Community Service Award of the city of Oceanside, Calif.

A memorial Mass for Dr. Gunning was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington.

He is survived by his wife, the former Irene Marie Martinez; three sons, Jean-Jacques Gunning Jr., Timothy Michael Gunning and Gregory Thomas Gunning; a brother, Rene J. Gunning Sr.; and two grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. Agnes Hospital Foundation.