Canadian Medical Association

Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1954; internal medicine, respirology. Died March 30, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Paul joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight lieutenant, which enabled him to earn his medical degree. He continued with post-graduate studies in internal medicine at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, and he was also awarded the McLaughlin Fellowship to study diseases of the chest at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, England. He returned in 1963 and was appointed founding head of the Department of Respirology at the Victoria General Hospital. He was also a full professor at Dalhousie University and, subsequently, chief of medicine at the Halifax Infirmary. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, and received the Regional Award for Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Paul was also a governor of the American College of Chest Physicians, past president of the Canadian Thoracic Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lung Association. Paul had experienced many challenges in his early years. When he was 2 he lost his father in a work accident. At 17, he contracted tuberculosis and spent 3 years convalescing, including 6 months in a sanatorium, and during his military career he was exposed to an atomic bomb. He also descended 3,300 feet down a coal mine as a member of the initial rescue team during the Springhill mine disaster. He drew strength from these challenges, and became the man we all knew him to be.”

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