In Memoriam: Dr. Leonard G. Paul Professorship in Family & Community Medicine
The distinguished legacy of Dr. Paul's career as a physician began more than 50 years ago. Dr. Paul enriched the lives of countless students, faculty, and staff members and amassed several awards and honors throughout his career.
Dr. Paul was raised during the depression and is the oldest of seven children. His education began when he earned a scholarship in engineering. After some years, he decided that engineering was not the career he wanted to pursue. So, like many others at the time, he joined the Army. While serving in the Army, his experience and exposure to medicine as a lab technician in the medical core increased his interest in medicine.
He graduated cum laude in 1947 from Cleveland State University and later summa cum laude from Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he chose to go into general practice. After 23 years of service with a group practice in Northwest Indiana, always seeking a new challenge, he entered academic medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Ohio State University in 1975, where he later was associate professor and director of the undergraduate program. In 1978 he went to the University of California-Irvine, where he was associate professor, deputy chairman and director of the residency program in the Department of Family Practice. He was recruited to become chair of the Health Science's Department of Family Practice in 1982. He served as Professor and Chairman of Family and Community Medicine from 1982-1994, afterward he held the stature of Professor and Chairman Emeritus for almost 10 years. He served as a consultant and sat on numerous committees and organizations at the state and local level.
During a ceremony honoring him upon his retirement from the Health Science Center in 2005, Dr. Paul said, "Not too many people can honesty say that they enjoyed every day of their profession. I am a very lucky man."
One of Dr. Paul's most memorable moments during his career occurred when he was named "Family Physician of the Year" in the state of Texas. He established himself among his patients, students, and colleagues as a caring, giving and concerned physician. He gave tirelessly of himself and set a high standard in his dedication as a physician. Dr. Paul touched the lives of many.
The Dr. Leonard G. Paul Professorship Endowment Fund has been established at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to recognized and honor Dr. Paul's 52 years of dedicated service as a physician.
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