James Nauman came to Western State College of Colorado as a freshman in 1945 and was subsequently drafted by the Army, where he served for 18 months. After this initial period in the military, Jim spent the next two years studying Biology and Chemistry at Western. At the end of his junior year, although he had not met the graduation requirements for Western, he was accepted to the University of Colorado Medical School. There was a demand for doctors, and James Nauman answered that call. But it left him without an undergraduate degree.
Dr. Nauman earned his MD from CU and entered an Army rotating internship program under the Doctors Draft Act, due to the need for medical expertise during the Korean War. He spent a year at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and then served in Japan.
After the war, Dr. Nauman practiced as a radiologist in Tucson, Ariz., where he worked for 25 years. Today, Dr. Nauman lives in San Diego, where he is an active volunteer in his senior living community, serves in a volunteer leadership roles at Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument, and is editor of a recent book chronicling the history of the park and area. Dr. Nauman has also recently served as an English-language tutor for Japanese students at the University of California San Diego.
Dr. Nauman is among Western’s most devoted and generous alumni, creating endowments in the natural and environmental sciences. In light of the fact that completion of the bachelor degree was interrupted, so that he could become a medical doctor and serve his country and humanity, Western’s Board of Trustees will bestow an Honorary Degree to Dr. James D. Nauman.