Paul Lavin
1939 - 2020
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Framingham, MA - Dr. Paul J. Lavin passed away at MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham on December 31, 2020. He was born to George and Rose Lavin of Holliston, MA, February 3, 1939.

After graduating from St. Mary's High School in Milford, Paul attended Boston College where he earned a BS degree in Elementary Education, 1962. In 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corp as a new way for the youth of America to serve our country. Paul was enthusiastic about this challenge to young people and volunteered for the Peace Corps in 1963. After a summer training course at the University of Syracuse, he was stationed in Liberia, West Africa for the next two years as a teacher/coach. The following year he continued to work for the Peace Corp in Washington, DC as a college representative and recruiter.

In 1969, Paul moved to Baltimore where he earned a PhD in Counseling at the University of Maryland in 1971. Upon graduation he accepted a position at Towson University as Assistant Professor of Psychology. In 1974, he opened a private practice in Catonsville, MD. While in private practice he continued teaching and he worked with community groups. He particularly loved The Children's Home in Catonsville, a residential care facility for young people. At the home he was a therapist/teacher for boys and girls 13 to 21years of age. Along with work, he was an avid softball player, who enjoyed many years as a pitcher for the Windsor Electric Men's softball team. He enjoyed running and exercise well into his golden years. It was during these years that he began to write about his experiences in mental health.

After retiring, Paul returned to Holliston where he continued writing and was a part-time counselor. Over his long career, he published more than twenty books and many articles based on his experiences as a counselor/teacher. He also authored several books that focused on Traditional Catholicism. Prior to his passing, he published, The Golden Years, a book offering readers spiritual and cognitive strategies for confronting the challenges of aging. He believed that psychology has a major influence on all aspects of our lives and proper use of it can do much to alleviate suffering and enhance the quality of human life. He always said laughingly, despite being an "old bird," I'm still enthusiastic about sharing my experience with the generations to follow.

The family would like to thank the staff at St Patrick's Manor in Framingham for the loving care and attention given to Paul over the last year.

Dr. Lavin is survived by his wife, Roberta; his daughter, Kathryn; his son, Anthony; his granddaughters, Kira and Sofia; his grandson, Gunnar; two sisters, Patricia and Kathleen and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Thursday, January 14th, 2021 from 8:30-9:30AM at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (Corner of Union Ave.) Framingham. Funeral Mass and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Children's Home, 205 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 or St. Benedict Center School Expansion Program, 282 Still River Road, P.O. Box 1000, Still River, MA 01467

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Paul was very dedicated to his profession and his religion. He has a wonderful family and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. May he rest in peace with the Lord. Joanne Booth
Joanne Booth
January 13, 2021
My deepest sympathies go out to my cousins Patty and Karhleen. My dearest memories of Paul are during family visits. He would tease me so much. Always with his joyous laugh. His visits with Nana and with my Dad are vivid in my mind. His calming conversations with them. His accolades live on in our hearts with love and respect.
To Roberta, Kathryn, Anthony and their families my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time.
Joanne Moresi Bunnell
January 10, 2021
Dear Roberta, Kathy and Tony, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Always. With love. Ila
Ila Quinn
January 10, 2021
So sorry to hear of Paul's passing. St. Mary's class of "57" classmate/teammate.
Jim Kirby
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