James Edmonson Nevin, Jr. ’53

James Edmonson Nevin, Jr. ’53 died on October 30, 2005, in Danville, Virginia.

Born on August 19, 1931, in Shaker Heights, OH, he prepared for college at Fishbourne Military School in Waynesboro, VA, and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1953, he entered Tufts University Medical School, from which he graduated in 1957. He was a captain in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, after starting his post-graduate training at the University Hospitals and Western Reserve University. In 1962-63, he was a National Institute of Health Fellow in Immunology. In 1965, he began his surgical practice in Danville and, in March of 2005, retired as senior partner of Southside Surgical Specialists. For 16 years, he was a clinical investigator for the National Cancer Institute, and was the author of many articles in medical and scientific journals based on his cancer research. He was also a part-time associate professor at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1972 to 1992 and was a member of many professional organizations, including the Society of Head and Neck Surgery Surgeons, the American Society of Surgical Oncology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Virginia Surgical Society, the Southern Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery, and the Medical Society of Virginia. For 22 years, he was Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons. He was president of the Danville-Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine and chair of the department of surgery at Danville Regional Ambulatory Surgical Center. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Danville, the Rotary Club of Danville, and the Colonel Young Brigade of Fishbourne Military School. He had served as president of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Surviving are his wife, Tommi Kay Tomlinson Nevin, whom he married in 1974; two daughters, Cynthia Hoen of Morristown, NJ, and Jennifer F. Rosado of Ellicott City, MD; two sons, James E. Nevin IV of Lake Worth, FL, and John E. Nevin of St. Augustine, FL; a brother, John M. Nevin of Richmond, VA; and nine grandchildren.