Dr. Paul C. Houston ’41 died on August 21, 2011, in Middletown, Rhode Island.
He was born in Plymouth, Maine, on March 1, 1921, and prepared for college at Maine Central Institute. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and graduated cum laude from Bowdoin, a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1944 and completed his internship and residency in surgery at Philadelphia General Hospital. He served to captain in the Army Medical Corps; he did his surgical residency at Philadelphia General Hospital and his fellowship in surgery at Lahey Clinic. He arrived at Newport Hospital in 1952 as a general and thoracic surgeon and practiced for 45 years, including 13 years as chief of surgery, until his retirement in 1997. He was certified on the American Board of Surgery; a fellow on the American College of Surgeons, and a member of American Medical Association, Rhode Island State Medical Association, Providence Surgical Society, and Rhode Island Chapter of American College of Surgeons. He was presented the Physician of the Year Award by Newport Hospital in 1990. He was a member of the Clambake Club of Newport, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport Rifle Club, Newport Art Museum, Redwood Library, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Newport Preservation Society, Tennis Hall of Fame, and a past member of the Dunes Club of Narragansett. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores Mello Houston; two sons, Dr. Jeffrey P. and Paul L. Houston; and three daughters, Robin H. Ostrander ’83, Barbara H. Reed, and Diane M. Houston. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ellen Burns.