Paul J. Goodwin M.D. (1921 - 2012)

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Paul J. Goodwin
3/5/1921 - 12/25/2012

Dr. Goodwin passed away at the age of 92 on Christmas Day in the loving arms of wife, Loy; daughter, Kelly; and granddaughter, Justine in the Granite Bay home they shared for 37 years. He succumbed to the long-term illness that forced him to retire from family practice in 2003, He practiced medicine for 60 years.
He opened his private practice in the Roseville area in 1969 from which he made house calls to terminally ill patients who wished to pass away at home. He administered medication daily while furnishing instructions for care to family members, and provided solace and continuity to the patient at the end of life.
Prior to his relocation to this area, Dr. Goodwin practiced in Oroville after his discharge from the military following World War II. He worked at Butte County General Hospital for one year before opening his private practice. He remained at that location untill his move to this area.
While at Oroville Dr. chaired the committee for the building of St. Thomas Catholic School, and was medically responsible for the priests and nuns in that parish. In concert with #7 other physicians, he planned, financed, and built Oroville Medical Arts Center (the first hospital in Oroville).
Goodwin served as a Naval Surgeon on Guam during World War II where he was instrumental in the founding of the Guam School of Medicine which flourishes today. He also witnessed the refueling of the B-12 bomber which dropped the first A-bomb on Hiroshima an event upon which he often reflected. He also served as pathologist for Mare Island Naval Base while in the military.
Paul was born in Freeport, Ill., the oldest of four children, where he attended his first 12 years of education at St. Alban's Catholic Schools. He further attended Loras Catholic University in Dubuque, Iowa on a full football scholarship, where he graduated magna cum laude. Upon graduating, he was offered a position with the Chicago Bears. He reluctantly declined in order to follow his true calling in medicine. (He was a devoted follower of the S.F. 49ers.) His medical education was obtained from the U of I School of Medicine in Chicago. Many of his internships and residencies were completed at Cook County General Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. traveled extensively with many trips determined by planned athletic events. He and his wife of 47 years ran over 30 marathons all over the globe. He was an active pursuer of tennis, horseback riding and skiing, servicing on the National Ski Patrol at Boreal Ridge and the Doctors Patrol at Sugarbowl.
Goodwin was a member of the AMA, CMA, Charter Fellow of the Am Acad of Fam Phys, board member of the Am Acad Sports Phys, and Comanche Rider's Assn.
He is mourned by his wife, Dr. Loy Goodwin; 12 children; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
His life will be celebrated at a Mass Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church 4450 Granite Dr. Rocklin. Reception in parish hall to follow.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 11, 2013
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