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Paul Duray

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Colonel Paul Harrison Duray, MD

Colonel Paul H. Duray, Sr., M.D. was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 4, 1938 and died on October 8. 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado of which he was a longtime resident, he was a former resident of Westwood, Massachusetts for 31 years. He was a Pathologist, a former Army Reserve doctor, and a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Paul was a renowned expert on Lyme disease and was part of a team at Yale University to discover and diagnose the disease.

At age 4, he was a survivor of the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941.

Paul started his career as a medical technologist and loved it so much that he enrolled in medical school at the University of Nebraska, from which he graduated in 1971.

Thus began an illustrious career in pathology that included leading edge research in Lyme disease and melanoma, and teaching appointments at Yale, Harvard, Tufts and Boston universities. He worked at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., Fox Chase Cancer Center in Pennsylvania, and hospitals in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

He has 176 research works and 156 publications with 24,511 citations.

Dr. Duray served in the Vietnam War. After he joined the Army Reserve and treated indigenous rural patients in Paraguay and Guatemala, and American Army dependents in Japan. During the Cold War era, he was part of a unit of the Army Reserve Medical Laboratory panel that reviewed the proposed site in England for a U.S. Army Reserve Field Hospital to be used in the case of a military conflict in Europe.

He was eager to join the LDF’s board and became a trusted visionary of what needed to occur to find solutions to Lyme disease.

At the age of 68-70, he was called by the USA government to return to uniform and serve multiple tours in Iraq as a flight surgeon. He had just been released from the Army reserve because he was declared too old for service. Then, a few weeks later he was mandated to go to Iraq and be on the front line of the war as a helicopter flight trauma surgeon - evacuating and treating seriously injured soldiers.

He was terrified that his advanced age he was not up to going there, especially after surviving the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, he contracted Giardia in his brain and died in 2012, shortly after returning home.

When Paul heard of Karen’s spiral fractured femur. He took the time to write her a get well note and told her to take the pain meds as prescribed by the doctor because she could not otherwise start relearning to walk. It was an extraordinarily kind gesture. His experience in Vietnam taught him the reality of serious leg injuries and he did not want Karen to realize in hindsight that it was impossible to recover with temporary pain abatement.
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