We are saddened by the death of former Wilmington, NC resident Mr. John Alan Gunn.
In 2011 Mr. Gunn donated his collection of sports memorabilia which primarily focuses on college and professional football and basketball. The collection also includes publications related to professional baseball and military sports programs.
From September to December of 2011, Randall Library hosted a comprehensive exhibit of the Gunn collection which can now be viewed by appointment in our Special Collections on the second floor. http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/special.
At the time of the exhibit, Gunn expressed that he was "so proud to know that others can now share his love of sports."
An Illinois native, Gunn and his wife lived in Wilmington and their first child was born in the Port City. Gunn was a reporter for the Wilmington Star-News for two years in the 1950s; he maintained connections to Wilmington throughout his life and was a frequent visitor to our area.
Click here to view Mr. Gunn's obituary.