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Dr. Michael J. Painter


1939 - 2019
Dr.  Michael J. Painter Obituary
Dr. Michael James Painter, 79, formerly of Wexford, passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in St. Augustine, Fla. Dr. Painter was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Detroit, Mich., to the late James Painter and Elizabeth Melvin Painter. He and his older sister grew up surrounded by a large extended family in Dearborn, Mich., where he graduated from Dearborn High School. He received his bachelor of science in biology from Georgetown University in 1961 and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Michigan in 1965. Dr. Painter completed his internship and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Following a two-year stint as a captain in the United States Air Force in Savannah, Ga., he was a pediatric neurology visiting fellow at Columbia University, in New York. He then returned to Pittsburgh as a faculty member and was chief of the Division of Child Neurology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh from 1978 through 2002. He remained on staff at both Children's Hospital and Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh and was a professor of neurology and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh until he retired to St. Augustine, Fla., in 2013. After moving, he served as a child neurology consultant at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. Dr. Painter was a tireless advocate for child neurologists and the children and families they serve, devoting his career to the development of the subspecialty of child neurology. He played a pivotal role in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, both as an examiner and as a developer of the new examination for certification in neurodevelopmental disabilities. He had a true passion for teaching and trained and mentored dozens of pediatric interns and residents. He authored countless medical publications and served as president of both the Child Neurology Society and Child Neurology Foundation. In 2006, his peers awarded him with the prestigious Child Neurology Society Hower Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions as a teacher and scholar to the field of child neurology. His other awards included: Who's Who in the East, Best Doctors in America (Neonatal Neurology) and Best Doctors in America (Pittsburgh Magazine). In his spare time, Dr. Painter was a voracious reader and loved watching college and professional football, especially while rooting for his two favorite teams - University of Michigan and the Steelers. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and fly fishing trips with his cousin and good friend, Bernard Willis. His family and friends will remember him for his truly unique personality, intelligence, quick wit, generosity and vast historical knowledge. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Judith Kareis Painter, of St. Augustine, Fla.; son, William (Eileen) Painter, of Montclair, N.J.; daughter, Elizabeth (Keith) Anderson, of Inverness, Ill.; son, Michael (Liz) Painter, of Marion, S.C.; stepdaughter, Kara (Chris) Cupoli, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; sister, Mary (Edmund) Baumgartner, of Belmont, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dr. Painter will be honored with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center located at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Painters name to the Michael J. Painter, MD, Award for Excellence in Child Neurology, checks can be made to: UPP Division of Child Neurology and mailed to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Division of Child Neurology c/o Holly Schaupp, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. ST. JOHNS FAMILY FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Trib Total Media, online only on Oct. 27, 2019
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