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Paul F. Krynicki M.D.

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Paul F. KRYNICKI, MD Paul Krynicki MD, age 69, passed away September 16, 2009 at his home in Kirkland, WA, after a four-year battle with cancer. He was born on June 26, 1940 in Detroit, MI. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees at University of Michigan, did his residency at Virginia Mason Hospital/Medical Center in Seattle, WA, and practiced internal medicine for 4 years with the US Army, where he achieved the rank of Major, and 34 years at the Polyclinic in Seattle, WA. In 2003, Paul and his wife Jean entered into the world of fiber arts and started River Silks Ltd. Through out his extensive medical practice, Paul's creative interests included opera, photography, gour met cooking, traveling, woodwork ing, and gardening. A few years be fore his retirement from medical practice, Jean taught him how to knit. This new-found creative outlet led to learning the arts of felting, smocking, needlepointing, and learning about fibers from around the world. In an ambitious undertak ing, Paul and Jean worked with arti sans in China to develop a woven silk ribbon, the quality of which had not been available on the international marketplace. He had a passion for stitching from the moment he start ed to use the ribbon and enjoyed the journey from the stitch selection to finished project. With his photogra pher's eye, he had a talent for finding the beauty in everyday moments, which extended to translating can vas into vibrant fibers. In 2006, Paul wrote and published "OOOOOH: The essentials of ribbon needlepoint with River Silks", a comprehensive refer ence book on stitching with silk rib bon on canvas, complete with his own photography. He and Jean often used this book as an aid when teach ing ribbon-stitching classes. Paul was a loving husband, father and friend to everyone he met. As Leigh Richardson wrote, "Paul was truly a man of all seasons who was as comfortable in a tuxedo as in his brightly colored Hawaiian shirts. Whether in the kitchen performing culinary magic, attending the opera, puttering in his garden, writing his book on stitching with ribbon or sim ply enjoying a splendid glass of wine, Paul gave it his full attention with his 'physician's eye' for critical detail. We will miss his incredible, natural curiosity, quick wit and easy smile. Our lives are richer and more color ful for your having, ever so briefly, passed our way." He is survived by his wife Jean S. Krynicki, and daugh ters Beth Krynicki, Lynn K. Bayer and Jill Krynicki. Donations may be sent to Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Madison Opera, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Provi dence Hospice of Seattle Foundation, Seattle Symphony, PNW Ballet.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2009
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