Deceased March 20, 2019
Paul passed away peacefully March 20. Four generations were with him in body and spirit as he gently closed a life of service. Born in Norwood, Mass., Paul attended Norwood public schools, excelling academically and athletically. He matriculated to Amherst, where he played football and lacrosse, joined Beta Theta Pi and completed his pre-med major. He graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1960, followed by three years in the army.
At Amherst he discovered his love of literature and poetry. He passed his fondness for learning and words to successive generations, maintaining that one could only honestly complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink.
In 1964 he started his private family practice in Wellesley, where he became an institution, caring for many families over the years, an old-school doctor who made house calls. He met you with a smile, an outstretched hand and a silly joke, to ease suffering and create trust. A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society for more than 50 years, he wore his 50-year pin with immense pride. It was an honor to serve so many families over the years.
Life outside of medicine was always full. Paul loved reading, golf, gardening and friends. Treasured family memories are of Doc/Dad/Poppy/Grandpa covered in mud from a day in the yard and toting small grandchildren on his tractor. He was the consummate goofball. He danced a mean jig and would crush you with his bear hug. He loved being silly with his grandchildren.
In retirement he moved to Maine with Carol and enjoyed reading, church and exploring the state. Paul is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters Jan Macleod and Suzy Blodgett; sons Mark Foster and Christopher Foster; daughter-in-law Clare Foster; stepsons Scott Woods and Doug Woods; and his younger beloveds, 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Peter Levison ’56