James Edgar Nunnally was born on April 20, 1924, in Jacksonville, Texas, to the late Lillian Willis and Guy Reagan Nunnally. Guy was a merchant. Mr. Nunnally graduated from Jacksonville Senior High School in 1941, received his Associate's Degree in Arts from Lon Morris College, his Bachelor's Degree in Science and Physics and Masters from The University of Texas at Austin. James' siblings included Kate Inez Aber Irvine (1903–1987), Ruby Estelle Aber Elliott (1905–1984), Dorothy Lee Nunnally Fowler (1913–1964) and Guy R Nunnally (1917–1985).
Above is James' senior picture in 1948 from the UT yearbook, the Cactus. He is third row, second from right.
He trained extensively in radiological physics both on-the-job and formal courses and also was the Acting Chief of Dosimetry at University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, in Houston
James served as a sargent in the US Army Air Force in WWII.
James married Helen Frances Terrell on January 31, 1967. She was the daughter of John Hunter and Anne Celeste Click Terrell.
Mr. Nunnally retired after 17 years from the United States Government as a radiological physicist. He taught radiological physics at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and also at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville. Mr. Nunnally was a member of the International Grapho Analysis Society, Inc., the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the American Board of Radiology. He was an avid chess player, and played in the U.S. Open Postal Chess Championship.
During his lifetime, he received a vast array of exceptional honors, awards and achievements as well as numerous military medals. He received an Army Air Forces Certificate of Appreciation for War Service. The American Association of Physics in Medicine gave James the Exceptional Merit in Medical Physics for his outstanding contribution to education in medical physics as co-author on the first edition of An Introduction to the Physics of Diagnostic Radiology, whose cover is at right.
He was survived by his wife of 41 years, Helen Frances Terrell Nunnally of Tyler; sister-in-law, Pat Manziel of Tyler; nephews, James Dennis Fowler of Jacksonville, and John Paul Manziel of Kerrville; nieces, Cathy Manziel Ramsey of Plano and Bridgette Manziel Hooper of Tyler.
James is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, TX.
James Edgar Nunnally Photo Album