Dr. Billy Dunlap is a longtime Raleigh resident, a 1957 graduate of Broughton High School where he was Senior Class President. After receiving his undergraduate degree from UNC in 1961, Billy attended Duke Medical School, where he again served as Senior Class President and graduated in 1965. Billy then went to the Medical College of Virginia for his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency. After a three year stint in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Billy returned to MCV for a two-year Fellowship in Hematology. Billy then returned to Raleigh and, along with Bob Bilbro and Allan Eure, founded Raleigh Medical Group in 1973.
In 1978, Billy co-founded Hospice of Wake County to provide quality end-of-life services for terminally ill citizens of Wake County, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Evidence of his commitment to this organization is best illustrated by the naming of its new hospice home the William Dunlap Center in 2012.
Billy joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs in 1991and served as Chair of the Board in 1996-97. Even today Billy seldom misses a Board or committee meeting. Not only is Billy active in the fundraising efforts of the Club; he also provides health exams and treatment for Club Members in need of medical attention. An avid cook, a highlight of Board Members’ official visits to the Club’s 162-acre camp in Nash County is a meal prepared by Billy.
In 2005 the Triangle Business Journal awarded Dr. Dunlap its “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his philanthropic work; that year he also was named “Tarheel of the Week” by the News & Observer.
In 2006 Billy was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.
Billy is married to Shawnee Sundquist and is the father of Wick Garrard and Marshall Dunlap, and the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Margaret, Caroline and Emily Garrard and Willi, Fletcher and Wicki Dunlap.