Joy and August Jung House

Joy and August Jung House
Joy and August Jung House - 302 West State

National Register's Architecture Description

It is a 1-story Ranch form (with an integrated garage) structure that county records list as being built in 1964. It exhibits Ranch/Rambler style in its low-slung hipped roof with very deep eaves and use of stone veneer to emphasize entryway of the building. The dwelling rests on a slightly raised concrete basement foundation, and its roof is clad in modern metal or vinyl shingles. The walls of most of the dwelling are clad in buff-colored striated brick laid in a common bond pattern. A portion of the primary facade surrounding the front entry and porch area is clad in rough-coursed stone veneer. Decorative concrete breeze block was used as for aesthetic effect along a portion of the wall for the integrated garage. The only notable external alterations are modern aluminum framed slider windows in the original openings and the modern roofing material. The awning appears to have replaced an older wood frame awning at the same location Two large modern sheds were present at the rear of the property parcel. These sheds are considered non-contributing to the property while the dwelling is considered contributing to the district.


August (Larry) Jung, whose parents, August (Gus) and Johanna Jung, ran a pumpernickel bakery in Chicago, was born Dec. 11, 1935. He came to Utah in 1953, planning to study forestry at Utah State University. While at Utah State he met his future wife, Joy, and the couple were married in 1956. When their first daughter was born with a serious illness, Jung became interested in the needs of newborns and switched his career to medicine. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and then completed a residency in pediatrics. He founded the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the U of U hospital in 1968, where he became the director and later a professor.

Jung, borrowed and begged equipment from wherever he could to establish the Intermountain West's first neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the University of Utah Hospital.

In 1967, he took a six-month fellowship to study under one of the pioneers of neonatology, Lula Lubchenco at the University of Colorado. The following year, under Jung's direction, the U of U opened its NICU with the capacity to care for five babies. The unit was the only one between Denver and the West Coast and Phoenix and Canada. Equipment was bought in small amounts or borrowed from other areas of University Hospital and medical equipment companies. Jung and his nurses sold doughnuts to raise the money to buy a heart-rate monitor.

When the one-room unit opened in 1968, it was humble, like the man who founded it. But through sheer determination and dedication to the newborns depending on it, Jung built a first-rate NICU. That unit, along with his contributions to the field of neonatology and teaching the art and science of medicine, stand as part of Jung's legacy.

Larry was responsible for many advances that impact NICU care today, said Edward B. Clark, professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Utah and a longtime friend and colleague of Jung's. Early in his career, Larry and his colleagues pioneered ventilators and automated analysis of blood gases, as well as approaches to resuscitate babies. His spirit of leadership, innovation, training, and research still drive the Division of Neonatology's academic pursuits.

Ten years after establishing the U of U NICU, Jung oversaw the opening of the NICU at Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC) in Salt Lake City, which played an important role in the relationship between the U of U neonatology division and PCMC's parent corporation, Intermountain Health Care, according to Clark.

After stepping aside as division chief in 1999, Jung continued as a professor of pediatrics. In 2004, he was honored with a $1.25 million presidential endowed chair named in his honor the August L. (Larry) Jung Presidential Endowed Chair in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Larry's most important contribution is to the thousands of babies for whom he cared, as well as those who have benefited from the NICU infrastructure he created, Clark said.

Away from his medical career, Jung skillfully pursued painting, sculpture, photography and taxidermy.