James A. Dunlop
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James A. Dunlop


Northfield—James A. Dunlop, age 81, of Northfield, died on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Northfield Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 330 Union Street, Northfield, MN. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

"Jim" was the son of Edmund and Mary Dunlop, and was born on December 17, 1937, in Mason City, IA. His family moved to Mankato, MN when he was five. After graduating from Mankato High School in 1955, Jim attended Carleton College, where he majored in Spanish, graduating in June of 1959. He was married to Judith Dunlop on June 13, 1959, in Litchfield, MN. Following their marriage, Jim and "Judy" lived and worked in the Minneapolis area, while Jim continued his studies at the University of Minnesota, eventually receiving both a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature. In the summer of 1968, Jim accepted a position as a Spanish professor at St. Olaf College. He taught there until he retired on December 31, 2002.

Jim lived life to the fullest. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with family. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed both telling and listening to stories about family exploits and adventures. He had a life-long love and affection for dogs, which began with hunting dogs in his earlier years. After his retirement, Jim and Judy acquired a team of sled dogs that they cared for and mushed recreationally on their property south of Northfield. This hobby was a source of joy, companionship, and daily activity for them up until the time of Jim's death.

Jim was held in high esteem by his family, friends, and colleagues. He was pleasant, polite, accepting of others as they are, a good listener, an optimist, and a wonderful role model for his children and grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his wife Judy, his son Steven and wife Jeanne, his son Brian and wife Sheri, and by many grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his brothers David and John. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Can Do Canines 9440 Science Center Dr, New Hope, MN 55428 or the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer's Research, 200 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55905. biermanfuneralhome.com.

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MN 55057
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Published in the Northfield News
on October 7, 2019
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