Robert Paine M.D.

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Paine, Robert, MD Robert Paine, MD passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Jane Krause Paine, their three children Robert Paine (Marilynn), Lynn Paine (Brian DeLany) and Macon Finley (Peter), as well as their grand- children Andrew Paine, Lynn, Cory and Thom Finley , Macon DeLany Paine and Will Paine DeLany. Born in Aberdeen, Mississippi and raised in Memphis, he was the son of Georgia and Robert Paine. At age 16 he went to Harvard, where he received both his BS (1942) and MD (1944). He moved to St Louis for his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, then served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, after which he received a Rockefeller fellowship in cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He joined the St. Luke's staff in 1951. He remained in St. Louis throughout the rest of his life as a physician and active community member. His life reflected a remarkable blend of dedication to science and the art of medicine. As a cardiologist, he was an outstanding clinician with an enormous collection of devoted patients. Up until his death, he remained active as a health protector and advocate for patients. He was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. A lifelong educator who won numerous awards, including the Sydney S Pearl MD '32 Award for Inspirational Teaching at Washington University School of Medicine, he touched the lives of medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. He was an education leader, establishing the cardiology fellowship and cardiology elective for medical students at St. Luke's Hospital. He imparted his caring approach for patients to all around him. He leaves a wonderful legacy of the very large number of physicians across several generations for whom he was a mentor and role model. He was an active investigator and reformer, driven by an irrepressible curiosity and confidence that he could make the world around him better. Those qualities fueled work as a leader within the medical community. He served as Chief of the Department of Medicine at St Luke's from 1963-1989. He was founder and Chief of Cardiology for over 40 years, helping shape innovative models of patient care. During this time he established the first coronary care unit at St. Luke's Hospital and one of the first in the region. In the 1980s he established a unique clinicallyoriented course for medical students at Washington University, The physician as health protector and patient advocate. Even as his day to day efforts devoted to practicing medicine decreased, he continued as a leader, innovator and builder. With his wife he founded and led the voluntary Health Protection and Education services program -- a free health screening clinic in University City which provides screening, education and treatment referrals to underserved within the community. He was devoted to service within the community: with his wife and partner Jane he promoted numerous educational initiatives throughout the St Louis area. He was a man of great faith who was a leader and teacher at University United Methodist Church for over 60 years. He centered his world around his family. Despite his many professional accomplishments and awards for service and teaching, he took greater pride in the accomplishments of others, especially his wife. Armed with his belief in the power of an individual to make a difference, he was a lifelong active citizen, including being a frequent letter writer to senators and representatives about causes large and small that concerned him. He was a remarkable man who was an irrepressible optimist, finding joy in life each day. All valued his warmth and gentle humor. At his core he was a doctor a husband and father. He will be much missed but the family is so grateful for his presence in their lives. The family would like to thank his caring doctors and nurses and the entire extraordinary staff at St. Luke's Hospital medical ICU. Services: A service to celebrate his life will be held Friday, June 21 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 7200 Delmar Blvd. in University City. A reception and time to greet the family will take place immediately following in the Fellowship Hall at University United Methodist Church at 6901 Washington Blvd in University City. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to University United Methodist Church, 6901 Washington Boulevard, St Louis, MO 63130 or to St Luke's Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Condolences at A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL


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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from June 19 to June 20, 2013
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