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Bernadine Z Paulshock

AGE: 88 • Skillman, NJ

Dr. Bernadine Z Paulshock, age 88, died on October 16, 2016 at her residence in Skillman, New Jersey. She was born on February 28, 1928 and grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After high school, she attended The University of Pennsylvania, first as an undergraduate and then as a medical student, receiving her medical degree in 1951.

She married Marvin Paulshock in 1951, and they lived in Wilmington, Delaware for 58 years. They both enjoyed travel, and did so extensively throughout the world—every continent but Antarctica. They also shared a love of the arts, attending music and theater events both domestically and abroad. Bernadine was an avid reader. She ALWAYS had a book, medical journal, or newspaper in her hand. She possessed the uncanny ability to respond when spoken to and continue to read at the same time.

After 15 years in private practice in internal medicine, Dr. Paulshock joined the Delaware Medical Center's Family Practice Department and worked side by side with her close friend and colleague, Dr. Dene Walters. In addition to seeing patients, she was responsible for Jefferson Medical School's medical student rotation in family practice. She loved teaching medicine, and was admired by many of her students and residents.

Bernadine was very interested in the history of medicine. She had numerous articles or letters to the editor published, including articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association and The New England Journal. In 2004 she wrote a paper on the desegregation of the Delaware Hospital in Wilmington; it appeared in Delaware History.

She was an active member of the Medical Society of Delaware, serving one term as vice president and for fifteen years as editor of the Delaware Medical Journal. Several clinical journals appointed her to their editorial boards, including The Annals of Internal Medicine where she was a book editor. She was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the recipient of the Delaware Chapter of ACP Laureate Award in 1997 for her commitment to excellence in medical care and services to the community. She also received the Delaware Trailblazer Award and was recognized and honored by the YWCA Delaware Academy of Women Leaders.

Dr. Paulshock was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Paulshock PhD and her brother, Louis Ziegler. She is survived by her three children, Craig Paulshock MD and his wife Amy of Celebration, FL, Dale Paulshock MBA of Belle Mead, NJ, and Sharon Heermance PhD and her husband Martin of Arlington, MA, four grandchildren, Sara and Emily Paulshock, Lara and Drew Heermance, and one great grandchild, Sophia Paulshock Brown.

Following the loss of her husband in 2008, Bernadine moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery, a retirement community just outside Princeton, New Jersey. She brought with her an enthusiasm for people, medicine, and culture. Bernadine was a vibrant and active member of the community, enjoying their book club, memoir and art classes, lectures and musical performances. She served on the health care committee, sharing her medical knowledge and experience. Her valuable contributions and friendships will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a Parkinson's research organization of your choice.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 10:30am at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman NJ 08558. For inquiries please email her daughter Dale at [email protected] .

For those who wish to share their memories, a guest book is available at Legacy.com.
Published in The News Journal from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, 2016
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