PAUL PENDELL MOK
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September 30, 1931
May 25, 2014
Paul passed away suddenly on May 25, 2014 at Renown Hospital Emergency Room.
Paul was born at New York City's Poly Clinic on West 50th Street. It was the start of The Great depression. Paul and his family lived in a five floor walk-up apartment in Brooklyn near Prospect Park and The Botanical Gardens.
He was graduated from Collegiate School in Manhattan in 1947 and then studied at Cornell University. He graduated from Cornell in 1951. Sis weeks after his graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant. He served during the Korean War but did not see action.
Paul won a Ford Foundation Fellowship to attend Harvard. He obtained a Master's Degree in teaching and subsequently was accepted in the counseling program at the Graduate School of Education. He won two university wide Lehman Scholarships for academic excellence. Additionally he earned a Milton fellowship and a Tinkham Fellowship. In his spare time he taught two psychology courses Suffolk University in Boston. In 1959 he obtained his doctorate degree from Harvard in education with concentration in counseling. He became a licensed psychologist in the State of New York.
Paul served as school psychologist at the Bronxville School for four years at which point he sought a different challenge. He found that in Monrovia, Liberia where he served as Director of the US AID Testing Center. Most of his clients were large multinational companies such as Pan American World Airways, Bong Mines and Barlowe Rand. He gave non-verbal aptitude tests to determine what kind of training was most relevant.
From 1966 until his retirement he served as a counselor and consultant in the field of communication. He also tried his hand at writing. His works include the Survey of Communicating Styles and the books Pushbutton Parents and the Schools and Psychoenergetics, and two novels, The Year of the Quicksand and The Lost Fortune. Also this year he co-authored and published "Just Reminiscing".
Paul was an eternal optimist and had an amazing zest for life. He was a world traveler and enjoyed meeting new people from all walks of life. He was an enthusiastic football fan and devoted countless hours cheering on his favorite team. He also loved being on or near the water, feeling a sense of calm and and an appreciation for Nature's beauty.
Later in life he fully embraced the role of grandfather and our beloved "Poppy" will be dearly missed.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents Michel and Mary Watson Mok, his brother, Michael Mok, and his sister Susan Einarson.
Paul is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Violet Stewart Mok, sons Christopher, Anthony and Steven, daughter Kathryn (Katy) Mok, grandsons Maxilmilian Mok and Andrew Mok and granddaughter Meredith Mok along with several nieces and nephews.
Paul was a loving, generous, caring, fun and supportive family man who made an impact on all he came across.
At Paul's request, there will be no formal service.
A celebration of his life will follow at a later date.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 8, 2014