Remembering David Paul

David W. Paul was born June 30, 1944 in Cherokee, Iowa, grew up in Hankinson, North Dakota, lived in Northfield, Minnesota (Carleton College, B.A., 1966, History), Washington, D.C. (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced

International Studies, M.A., 1968, International Studies), Princeton, New Jersey (Princeton University, Ph.D, 1973, Politics.), Seattle, Washington (Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Washington), Budapest and Vienna during a year as a Fulbright fellow.  He traveled throughout many countries in Europe, North Africa, and Brazil and was conversant in German, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, and Polish.

David was a writer, critic and editorial consultant; a technical writer and editor.  His novel, FANTASY on the Theme B-A-C-H, is forthcoming in January, 2014.

He enjoyed the community of All Pilgrims Christian Church, interfaith activities, family, friends, neighbors, all who he came into contact with.  He was a lover of classical music, an accomplished pianist and organist.  He enjoyed sports, lettering in football, basketball, baseball, and track in high school.  He had a special interest in literature, poetry, theater, and film.  In his professional and academic work he developed a worldwide circle of colleagues who shared a common interest in the intersection of the arts, culture and political life.

David passed away peacefully at home on May 2, 2013 after a diagnosis of late stage pancreatic cancer.

David is survived by his brothers Harold J. Paul (Marilyn) and Justus Paul (Lynn).  Nieces Rebecca, Ellen (Laura), LeAnn, and Susan (Grady).  Nephews Jay, Tim (Jan), Steve (Sarah), and James (Sherri); with eleven great nieces and nephews.  And, partner, Nancy.

As one friend said, David represented the epitome of the ‘Old School of Gentlemen’: his manner, his great intelligence, and still greater wisdom, his warmth, caring and commitment to those who have been blessed to share his mind and heart.  It is these rare traits, and much more, which will be truly missed.

And, that ironic East European sense of life.  His excitement and commitment to embrace so many cultures and religions of this world.  His commitment in working for peace and understanding. David enjoyed sharing with family and friends till his last day in this place.

A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, June 8th, 2pm at All Pilgrims Christian Church, 500 Broadway East, Seattle.  Reception to follow.

Remembrances may be made to The Mental Health Chaplaincy, All Pilgrims Christian Church, or to a charity of your choice.

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Friends remember David Paul:

“With great compassion, kindness, and humility, David served in many meaningful ways, including being a good and gracious friend.  David’s expression of God’s overflowing love has brought us along to places and experiences of new life.  Now, embraced in the fullness of that Holy Love, peace and Salaam, David.”

“I worked with David in organizing one of the interfaith event at IMAN and it was a great experience.  I will remember his passion towards his work, and the efforts that he put in to make sure that both the communities enjoyed a good learning experience through the event.”

“David leaves a lasting legacy between our congregations that we will always cherish, and he touched many hearts in the process.  He will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”