ENGER--Paul, 86, retired newsman, playwright and co-founder of a soup kitchen for the homeless, died November 29, 2013. Born in Fargo, ND, Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota, began a career as a newspaper reporter in his hometown, worked for UPI and CBS News in New York. There he wrote for evening anchors Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. He also wrote for Good Morning America and All My Children on ABC-TV, as well as scripts for A&E Cable and The History Channel. He holds three awards from the Writers Guild of America and is the recipient of the International Radio NY Festival Gold Award. Paul authored nine full-length plays, including "Vestigial Parts" and "Harmon and Ruth." His works have been performed Off Broadway as well as in Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, California and Indiana. His most recent play, "Benefit Performance," a play with songs written with Tom Ferriter and Michael Valenti is slated for production at Stageplays Theatre in the coming season. Paul was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on West 65th Street in Manhattan, where he co-founded HUG, a soup kitchen program for homeless men and women, and assisted in planning the Bach Vespers program. Paul, who lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, was the beloved brother of Mary K. Katz and beloved uncle of Gretchen Browne and Richard Katz. A funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 7 at 9:30am. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, ND. Services are under the direction of Conway Funeral Home, Jackson Heights.
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Published in The New York Times on Dec. 4, 2013