Dr. Norman Douglas Paul, 81, passed away, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Florida. Formerly he lived in Joliet, Illinois, where he was associated with the Joliet Medical Group, and in Auburn, Indiana, retiring from the practice of physician and surgeon in 2002.
Dr. Paul was born on January 25, 1937, to the late Dr. Samuel and Norma Paul in Clarence, Iowa. He graduated in 1954 from Clarence, where he achieved much success as an outstanding basketball player throughout the state. Among his many achievements was being inducted to the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame; earning the distinction of an all-state basketball selection in 1953 and 1954; and winning a full scholarship to the University of Iowa. While at the University, he was a member of the famous Hawkeye “Fabulous Five” team of 1955-1956, that year's NCAA runners-up.
Dr. Paul graduated from the University of Iowa, School of Medicine in 1958, followed by an internship and surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country while stationed in Germany.
In 1963, Dr. Paul married Sally Chandler of Macomb, Illinois, who survives. They have two children: Meegan (Kirk) Braun of Leo, Indiana; and Marc (Janice Molnar) Paul of Estero, Florida; and five grandchildren: Connor and Caylin Paul of Auburn, Indiana; Alexa Braun of Bloomington, Indiana; Morgan Braun of Indianapolis; and Grant Braun of Leo, Indiana.
Dr. Paul was known as a talented and dedicated surgeon, but few knew he was a gifted pianist as well. He spent countless hours at his piano, lost in the contentment of his music. Photography gave him many hours of pleasure also, as did the enjoyment of hiking the mountain trails of Big Sky. He was an avid big game hunter and many of his elk, deer, bison, moose and bear trophies line the walls of his mountain home in Montana. Motorcycling, biking, downhill skiing, endless reading, and tennis and boating occupied his leisure time.
He will be remembered as a quiet and introspective human being who was happiest helping others.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center St., Auburn, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.